Hunter Wallace has recently posted a synopsis on the fortune of conservative/white causes in the state of Tennessee. While I agree with him that there is cause for hope, there are a few critiques I would like to offer.
First and foremost, I object to the term “progressive” being used for leftists or their ideas. They are not “progressive”. In truth, our ideas are progressive and those of leftists are old, rusty and impractical. Leftist ideology has held sway for at least two generations. Leftists are “the establishment” and they are the “old ways” that we now struggle to break away from.
Secondly, while it is true that mainstream “conservative” Americans (red Americans, if you will) share some of our concerns, I am not convinced that Mr. Wallace is justified in his optimism. He sees such conservatism as a useful watered-down version of us. As for me, I think that it can be a dangerous inoculation against us. As a “weaker form” of our movement, it can have the same effect as administering an inert form of small-pox to a child; it fools the body into creating anti-bodies against the real small-pox. As long as Americans can feel good about themselves for supporting “conservative” ideas, they will feel no need to embrace the real thing.
Lastly, I do not understand why Mr. Wallace refers to the War between the States as “the Civil War”. The latter term is not only inaccurate, but it does not show support for Southerners. I think that, within a post dealing with Tennessee (a Southern state), we should have more deference to Southern sensibilities and show our support through the terms we use.
I hope, of course, that Mr. Wallace turns out to be justified in his optimism. Aside from the above points, I say: keep up the good work Hunter!