Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - What if the Confederacy had been left on it's own? What direction would it have taken? There's too many possible outcomes to count here... and they aren't all sunshine and roses. One possibility is the GRADUAL elimination of slavery in the south because many European countries wouldn't trade with them until they got rid of it, and would've given way to mechanized farming anyways. But there would've been a very different "course of Human Events" as Jefferson said. The western states would've allied with Texas instead of the Northeastern States and so on and so forth. For more on Rethinking the American Union be sure and check out today's Founders TV and pick up Prof. Donald Livingston's Book.
"It may seem to many readers that as I have elaborated my initial hypothesis I have step by step deprived myself of very nearly all possible argumentative allies. But is not just this required by the hypothesis itself? For if the hypothesis is true, it will necessarily appear implausible, since one way of stating part of the hypothesis is precisely to assert that we are in a condition which almost nobody recognizes and which perhaps nobody at all can recognize fully. If my hypothesis appeared initially plausible. it would certainly be false. And at least if even to entertain this hypothesis puts me into an antagonistic stance. it is a very different antagonistic stance from that of, for example, modern radicalism. For the modern radical is as confident in the moral expression of his stances and consequently in the assertive uses of the rhetoric of morality as any conservative has ever been. Whatever else he denounces in our culture he is certain that it still possesses the moral resources which he requires in order to denounce it. Everything else may be, in his eyes, in disorder; but the language of morality is in order. just as it is. That he too may be being betrayed by the very language he uses is not a thought available to him." - Alastair MacIntyre