We can’t—and shouldn’t—wipe out the most sordid facets of our national past. They must serve as a haunting reminder of where we’ve been, and won’t return.
The kind of political violence we saw in Charlottesville this weekend is designed to force Americans to sort themselves into warring camps over two sets of losers.
Progressives are outraged that a new HBO series will depict a modern-day Confederacy. But they have more in common with the Confederacy than they realize.
As radical as they are, lefty extremists’ position is at least useful in making us rethink the elevation of Confederate leaders to undeserved heights.
The contemporary mania for fake hashtag activism gives the Left the illusion that they are social justice warriors constantly fighting the good fight against white supremacy—without ever actually doing so.
Both the Union and Confederacy committed war crimes and abused civil liberties during the Civil War. But from a libertarian perspective, the Confederacy had a worse case for its cause.
Virtually everyone who lived before the present probably held opinions of one sort or another that some of us find offensive. Off with their names!
The social media mobs fight against the Confederate flag show us we are slowly forgetting how to oppose something without seeking its utter destruction.
This 150th anniversary of Appomattox should hold a special place for us precisely because it marked the end of an unprecedented cataclysm, in which men respected their enemies.
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