The South is rising again! If a manifesto is needed in order to back up this claim, it has already been written. The Honourable Cause: A Free South qualifies as a written work for liberation because it addresses not only the head, but also the heart and the soul. In twelve essays, the reader experiences the resurrection of the Southern states in a visionary orientation and is not limited to a nostalgic retrospectiven. This volume of essays, breathing devotion and the will to live, is nothing less than a piece of literary aesthetic in anticipation of nation-building. The twelve authors of the essays, respectively, which can almost be read as prayers or declarations of love in their written styles, are borne from fervent passions that evokes authors as the Grail Knights in the Southern struggle for freedom. No less than freedom is at stake, for freedom is the opposite of heteronomy, which, in other words, means self-determination. That is precisely what the twelve authors demand as Southern nationalists.
Taking Back the Narrative
Summarised, the contents of the book written to take back the narrative are conclusions following the best ways to contribute to the Southern nationalist cause. In that regard, James Edwards correctly states that by having a separate culture from that of your respective surrounding geographical areas is the very prerequisite for becoming a separate nation. Still to this day, the South does possess that, especially the rural South. It is about the preservation of an Anglo-Saxon and Celtic heritage and ethnic identity under the circumstances of a current US environment making every classic mistake of a country that is about to implode. The South has always been confronted with extraordinary challenges, but in these days, it faces the most existential of crises, which is why it is no longer allowed to just sit back, but to act and even sacrifice. Buying this book, however, is not at all a sacrifice. It is a chance to contribute and receive a particular gem of identitarian literature. The essays cover the topic from various perspectives and some of them are written in especially lovely styles that elevate them far beyond being political manifestos, becoming fine art of classical literature as well. One example can only be described as heartfelt traditionalism in nature when one reads the following:
A girl‘s heart can burst when she is told her biscuits are just like grandma‘s. That is tradition captured in a moment of emotional memory.
It is no surprise that that statement comes from a Southern woman – Dixie O‘Hara – who further explains:
By definition, being a Southern woman is antagonistic toward modern definitions of feminism…While modern feminists seek to dismantle so-called patriarchal distinctions of beauty, we own beauty.
Reading her essay, there is no doubt that women are the soul of the South.
The USA: A Failed Leftist Experiment
According to another essay in the book, Southern nationalism is described as an organic growth born out of shared history, culture, religion and ethnicity, emerging out of early American sectionalism. Moreover, one of the authors calls upon his fellow countrymen to not just admire the greatest of their ancestors, but to also inspire further into that greatness in turn. All twelve authors agree to promote a peaceful secession from the United States. „Unlike the South, the United States is not a “nation”. Rather it is a failed leftist experiment.“ This is but one of several similiar judgments in the book. Insofar, Southern nationalism is fully on the anti-hegemonic page as European nationalism, as you find the following accusation:
American culture is already exported throughout the globe and its primary aim is to destroy all indigenous peoples and cultures within its path.
Another topic analysed is that of failing elites in a declining America turning to “wokism.” What is the remedy that is recommended by the authors? As mentioned above, there are several perspectives of which interesting strategic and tactical advice is given. However, one element reads:
The key to the revitalization of the Southern soul is disengaging from the global and reconnecting to the local and personal.
Since rarely anything is given to us as a gift in life, the solution is not only advice, but also a very personal demand – it requires a mental, physical and even spiritual commitment to act, as well as to write, network, build, protect, congratulate, undermine, beguile, astonish, outlast, do and succeed. This is required of the Southern Remnant. The last essay in this amazing book focuses on strategic thought and is worth reading not just from the perspective of a Southern nationalist, but every nationalist. It is a reminder that the COVID-19 lockdowns, rampant urban criminality, transgender-inspired child mutilations and abortion are all „Yankee“ policies imposed on Southerners – and it was Southern state governments that have pushed back. This is why Southern nationalists need to define themselves as a collective movement that simply believes that self-rule is better than rule by New York, California, Illinois, etc., in order to create functional parallel societies.
This book is a must-read.
Sascha A. Rossmüller
Europa Terra Nostra Vice-Chairman (Germany)
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