Cushman on Traditionalist Conservatism in the South

calhoun712017Southern leaders such as, ‘[John C.] Calhoun rejected the radical individualism often associated with social contract theorists. … Calhoun’s defense of an authentic, moral community was based upon acknowledging that the only natural state is the political and social one to which a person is born’. Fitzhugh was in full agreement on this point, writing that ‘universal liberty has disintegrated and dissolved society, and placed men in isolated, selfish, and antagonistic positions … Continue reading

A Southern View: Ecology and Tradition

sp1692016Toryism – and which is to be distinguished from modern “conservatism” which has absorbed the spirit of Modernity from economically-driven and hyper-individualistic Classical Liberalism – is a holistic, organic and religious worldview which developed over centuries and offers much to us today … As members of an organic nation with a holistic worldview we Southern nationalists hold deep respect for the wondrous natural world around us. Continue reading

The Reversal of Liberalism and Southern Religion

lptj2472016Thomas Jefferson was part of a “transient phase” among “certain Southern educational centers and among elements of the Southern upper class” who were influenced by the French Revolution and came to embrace “much religious skepticism.” This skepticism was “confined while it lasted to small cultivated groups, and it disappeared so completely in the antebellum years that it can be properly ignored in any account of the molding of the Confederate South.” Continue reading

Fraser on the Rise and Fall of Anglo-Saxons

RIR-160608_95711569Andrew Fraser, a Canadian-born professor and author of The WASP Question, recently appeared on the Swedish Red Ice Radio podcast to discuss his research on our shared ethnic origin and why British-descended people today from Dixie to Canada to Australia seem unable to take their own side and advocate for their ethnic and national interests like other peoples of the world. Continue reading

Southern Civilization – Review of ‘Our Southern Nation’

sc20116Seen in hindsight, the supreme irony of the history of Western civilization is that the antebellum South, although being geographically far away from continental Europe, had been far more successful in preserving the ancient European code of honor and the sense of the tragic than Europe itself. Much of what many European conservatives or traditionalists like to hearken back to had already been violently removed in Europe by liberal and communist revolutions that had swept over Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ironically, traditional European mores survived in a much better shape in what was once the antebellum South. Continue reading

‘Our Southern Nation’ by Michael O. Cushman

30 October 2015: Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future, published by American Anglican Press, was released today and is now available to order on Amazon. It will soon be available through Arktos as well. It took a year to write, edit and publish and is based on several years of research. It is very reasonably priced and I encourage SF readers to order a copy today! Continue reading

Michael O. Cushman’s ‘Our Southern Nation’

fbd1 … Maybe one of its weaknesses is that it maintains a dispassionate academic tone. I’m sure some zealous Southerners, intent on rescuing their identity from extinction, will wish Cushman had damned the Yankees to Hell and called for a full charge on Washington. But like Dabney pointed out in “Defense of Virginia”, maybe the Southern propensity for zeal and disregard for academic tete-a-tete, was a weakness? For those of us who have spent time in academia, it’s refreshing to read a book like Cushman’s – it’s a tool, presenting all the intellectual ammunition a young Southern intellect could want. I’d tell the young southerner that if he’s intent on damning the Yankees, he ought to do so fully prepped with intelligent historical analysis at his back. …he ought to do it with Cushman’s book in his library. Continue reading

Rebels, Cavaliers & Tories

tcra9435The Tories were led by Cavaliers, another term originally meant as an insult, who were traditionalist-minded members of the British aristocracy who fought against Cromwell’s forces in the English Civil War (1642-1651). They fought to defend the rule of King Charles I, but more importantly they fought for principles such as hierarchy, tradition and the established church. … Southern nationalists and true Tories, as an ideologically and ethnically related English-speaking people, are joined together in our struggle to bring sanity, tradition and Godly direction back to our societies. Continue reading

Michael Cushman to speak in London, 12 September 2015

MCTB12915We cordially invite you to join The Traditional Britain Group for its annual black tie dinner on the 12th September. Joining us all the way from the United States will be our guest of honour, Michael Cushman, M.A., founder of the Southern Nationalist Network and author of the book, ‘Our Southern Nation: Its Origin and Future.’ Our annual black tie dinner will be hosted in a prestigious location in St. James, London, and is strictly black tie.
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Harmony, Order and Inequality

193781The Southern social order and the traditional structure of the broader plantation civilization to which the South belonged was based upon harmony and order. It sought to avoid antagonism and competition between groups by embracing the natural order ordained by God. In contrast, the “free everything and anti-every school” of bourgeois egalitarians who prevailed in the North and much of Western Europe believed that “when society is wholly disintegrated and dissolved, by inculcating good principles and ‘singing fraternity over it,’ all men will cooperate, love and help one another.” Southern philosopher and sociologist George Fitzhugh (1806-1881) of Virginia wrote that the bourgeois elements of Modernity “place men in positions of equality, rivalry, and antagonism, which must result in extreme selfishness of conduct, and yet propose this system as a cure for selfishness.” Continue reading