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Lowry & Ponnuru Eliminate Slavery from the National Pyche

By Matthew Yglesias on March 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

"Lowry & Ponnuru Eliminate Slavery from the National Pyche"

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Via John Holbo, Ramesh Ponnuru and Rich Lowry continue National Review’s proud tradition of trying to minimize the number of African-American conservatives:

Victor Davis Hanson notes that one reason for American exceptionalism may be that we did not inherit from England “a large underclass of only quasi-free people attached to barons as serfs.” Sadly, a worse institution took root here, but never became part of the national psyche.

Always a good time for a link to “Why The South Must Prevail”. Prevail in what, though? With slavery so far from the national psyche, what could the conflict have possibly been about?

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