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Re: [humanism-37] american civil war

From: dgreer
Sent on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:20 PM
Hey Paul,

The people who talk about the American Civil War are not all the "southern pride" types.

There are also free-market fundamentalists (Objectivists) like Ron Paul who believe that the American Civil War was really about the Federal government consolidating its power.�� I have no doubt that their is some truth in that point of view, but the institution of Slavery was by far the most divisive issue.�� Market Fundamentalists, like all Fundamentalists (or ideologues), have a lot of trouble questioning their own biases and political perspective.

Ron Paul on "The Civil War"
Ron Paul: American Civil War Was Unnecessary

For people like Ron Paul, there is always a "rational" market solution to every conflict.�� "[The North] should have just bought all the slaves", Paul says.�� That would work (NOT). �� People just need to behave rationally.�� If there's one thing all Free-thinkers should know, it is that people do not behave rationally.


More from Ron Paul:
Ron Paul: I don't believe in evolution

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM, Paul <[address removed]> wrote:
Some of the discussion this past Monday night seemed to put forth the
idea that slavery was not a main reason for the start of the civil
war. ��I did some very quick research over lunch and found information
that makes me think otherwise...

It seems to me that associate professor Grace Elizabeth Hale things
that the civil war was indeed largely due to differing views on
slavery. ��Also, she makes the point that the counter-perspective that
it was less about slavery and more strictly "political" reasons comes
from confederate supporters attempting to re-write/glorify the
original confederate cause.

Wikipedia also seems to give a lot of credence to the idea that the
slavery issue was close to the root of the cause of the war.

"Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens said[16] that slavery
was the chief cause of secession[17] in his Cornerstone Speech shortly
before the war. After Confederate defeat, Stephens became one of the
most ardent defenders of the Lost Cause.[18] "


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