It’s just too amusing that there was someone who Lincoln hated the most, I’m going to have to keep looking at the writings of Fitzhugh. This is one of his descriptions of the north
Hmm what other people do we know is “indolent” and lived in the wild?
Fitzhugh shows how the Declaration of Independence was plagiarized from the Saxon Locke. Last time I checked people didn’t believe some philosopher from the 1600s had the final word about what reality is. I guess we’ll just pretend that’s plausible though for whatever reason.
He’s writing this a couple years after the Civil War. He refers to it as the Southern Revolution of 1861, which he describes as a solemn protest against the doctrines of natural liberty and human equality. Is he wrong? Those things aren’t real. Locke was wrong, philosophers can be wrong. Have you ever talked to most people? Natural liberty and human equality are made up. The illusions of the indolent north prevailed.
Talk about historiography. Imagine if the aristocracy of France tried to reclaim power in the 1860s. Our “Civil War” of course is never interpreted that way. How devastating this interpretation is to America’s understanding of itself. Newly freed white serfs killing white aristocrats, that makes me laugh. It explains so much. Making this known causes the white serfs to want to kill you. “That was supposed to be buried!”
Look at this, they managed to effect a revolution though
We have done equally well without Kings, nobles, or an established church.
So they corrected the excesses of the “Ancien Régime”, they just didn’t lapse into the excesses on the other side represented by the north that, as Fitzhugh says, had a liberty that fell into licentiousness. They constituted a certain type of “moderate nobility”. And their pre-Lincoln presidents were moderate kings. Now we have nothing like that. Now our nobility and kings are purely “the people”, and I mean that in the most insulting way possible.
Do you know who the hero was of the one Lincoln hated the most? Carlyle. The adventures of Scott, the hero-worship of Carlyle, I think I’m starting to get a sense of the nature of these buried Normans and other southerners.
Fitzhugh ends this essay by quoting Carlyle
I can, by no means, worship the like of them. What great human soul, what thought, what great noble thing, that one could worship or admire, has yet been produced there? None; the American cousins have done none of these things… They have begotten… the greatest bores ever seen in the world before. That, hitherto, is their feat in history!