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Having pulled the Confederate flag down from nearly every pole on which it fluttered, the anti-white lobby still isn't quite finished. The most recent symbol of the Old South to be reconstructed is the University of Mississippi's traditional mascot, a Confederate soldier called "Colonel Reb." The university is still run by whites, but the abolition... Read More
In the spirit of their profound commitment to democracy, the nation's civil rights lobbies are pondering whether to launch a boycott if, as Georgia's new governor has promised, the state holds a referendumon restoring a Confederate symbol to its state flag. It used to be these lobbies would boycott a state if it dared defy... Read More
Just in time for Black History Month, Southern heritage activists in Georgia are resurrecting a little white history of their own, and predictably the anti-white lobby doesn't much care for it. But beyond the possibility that something out of the white past might actually be honored, what the white-haters also hate is the prospect of... Read More
With Trent Lott booted downstairs for implying, however innocently, that forced racial egalitarianism might have caused certain problems, it is now open season on the entire white Southern heritage. The New Year has kicked off with a Republican official in California being disciplined for pro-Confederate remarks he circulated four years ago, with official U.S. government... Read More
Not the least of the lessons in political reality that popped out of the ballot box earlier this month was taught in Georgia, where an old controversy over the Confederate flag design in the state's official flag suddenly descended on a promising political career like a headsman's ax. But even as anti-flag politicians learned one... Read More
Just because Confederate flags and similar symbols have been ripped down from most public places, don't imagine the crusade against them is over. Now that the battle against Confederate symbols on public property has been largely won, the battle against the same symbols on private property is just starting. For South Carolina restaurateur Maurice Bessinger,... Read More
Ever on the alert for the persistence of "racism," The Washington Postcouldn't find space for a story about the attempted mass murder of whites by a New York black man who told police he "was bent on killing as many white people as he could," but it devoted the center of its front page last... Read More
Just over a year ago, in a column about the Confederate Flag controversy in South Carolina, I wrote the following sentences: "... the blunt truth is that racial slavery existed for a far longer time under the American flag than under the brief four years of the Confederacy. If the NAACP denounces the Confederate flag... Read More
In a rare fit of courage, Virginia Gov. James Gilmore last week put his name to a proclamation declaring May to be "European-American Heritage Month," but alas, the fit did not endure. [VDARE note: the Proclamation has now vanished from the gubernatorial website, although Virginia Beer Month and white canes – for the blind –... Read More
Perhaps the most revealing comment about last week's Mississippi referendum that overwhelmingly endorsed keeping the state's 107-year-old flag with a Confederate flag design in it came from the editorial page of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, which supported getting rid of the old flag, the day after Mississippians went to the polls. "The vote also exposed... Read More
To the disgruntlement of Mississippi's business leaders and political establishment, it looks as though the vast majority of the state's voters next week will reject a proposed new state flag that drops the Confederate Battle Flag design of the current one. Depending on which poll you cite, voters favor the current state banner to the... Read More
"I didn't surrender any heritage," Virginia Gov. James Gilmore whined to the press last week after discarding Virginia's annual proclamation of April as "Confederate History Month" and replacing it with a tribute to black as well as white and Union as well as Confederate participants in his state's civil war. If that's what he does... Read More
The great South Carolina battle over the Confederate flag ended last week, not with a bang but -- quite literally -- a whimper. House Majority Leader Richard Quinn, the Republican who led the movement to remove the flag from the capitol dome where it has flown since 1962, actually burst into tears. "My vote was... Read More
Despite Virginia Gov. James Gilmore's bleating about the joys of "diversity," the race warriors of the NAACP in the Old Dominion are doing all they can to bring to Virginia the same racial bitterness they've already injected into South Carolina. Virginia has been more accommodating to black "sensitivities" about its Confederate heritage than any other... Read More
White Southerners who defend the Confederate flag are generally accused of wanting to fight "the war" all over again. In fact, most of them just want to defend the heritage the flag symbolizes, but if it's a war you're looking for, the enemies of the Confederate flag, white as well as black, are eager to... Read More
If there is any columnist in the country that conservative Southerners should pay no attention to, it's George Will, whose Big Government, Union First political philosophy of "statecraft as soulcraft" is the exact opposite of everything Thomas Jefferson, John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis fought for. Nevertheless, Mr. Will evidently expects to be attended to... Read More
Sam Francis
About Sam Francis

Dr. Samuel T. Francis (1947-2005) was a leading paleoconservative columnist and intellectual theorist, serving as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Patrick Buchanan and as an editorial writer, columnist, and editor at The Washington Times. He received the Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in both 1989 and 1990, while being a finalist for the National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for Editorial Writing of the Scripps Howard Foundation those same years. His undergraduate education was at Johns Hopkins and he later earned his Ph.D. in modern history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His books include The Soviet Strategy of Terror(1981, rev.1985), Power and History: The Political Thought of James Burnham (1984); Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism (1993); Revolution from the Middle: Essays and Articles from Chronicles, 1989–1996 (1997); and Thinkers of Our Time: James Burnham (1999). His published articles or reviews appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, National Review, The Spectator (London), The New American, The Occidental Quarterly, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, of which he was political editor and for which he wrote a monthly column, “Principalities and Powers.”