Slavery not part of American psyche, argue right-wing oligarchs

NRO's Editor-in-Chief

NRO's Editor-in-Chief

Accidental comedy magazine National Review released its latest venture into the world of absurdism today with a passage that might gently be called: The Bizarre Underselling of American Slavery.  Get ready for some serious glossin’ over. 

Funnymen Ponnuru and Lowry write [Crooked Timber via Yglesias]:

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.

Heh, heh, I mean, slavery was bad, but, uh, nobody really remembers it, right?  Oh boy.

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One Response to Slavery not part of American psyche, argue right-wing oligarchs

  1. gracenearing says:

    I’d like to posit that one reason for American exceptionalism is the America habit of “excepting” the parts of its history it finds awkward, embarrassing, humiliating, or inexplicable.

    For example, except for chattel slavery, which might well have remained legal until 1900 under one of Lincoln’s pre-Fort Sumter negotiable terms, the United States always has been the land of liberty and freedom for everyone.

    Or, for example, except for the incredibly nasty exploitation of guest workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (a commonwealth in political union with the US whose current head of state is Barack Obama), exploitation that has been both facilitated and protected by the US Congress, the United States currently has an excellent record on worker rights.

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