Saturday, October 12, 2013

Salon's Kim Messick: The Southernization of the GOP

Kim Messick's article at Salon is linked below.

Kim Messick: Dixie and the GOP

"Of greater relevance to our present concerns, however, are the implications for the South’s political psychology. Here the region’s history as a slave society left a very particular imprint, one that lingered long after slavery and Jim Crow collapsed. I mean the habit of imagining society as a two-tiered structure, with the “normative” community on top and a degenerate class of outsiders below. The former consists of those who satisfy the prerequisites of citizenship, and can therefore be trusted to fulfill the social contract voluntarily; the latter of those whose inherent debilities ensure that coercion is the only reliable guarantee of cooperation."
---Kim Messick, Salon 

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