Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Renegade History of the United States

"The cities of colonial and early republican America teemed with whores, homosexual pirates, and illegitimate children; slaves frequently labored less and enjoyed leisure more than free whites in the antebellum era; and the mob is responsible for far more of the freedoms that modern Americans enjoy than are the prudish leaders of the civil rights movement," argues Thaddeus Russell, author of a new history reviewed by The American Conservative's John Payne — View From the Gutter.

The book "defends the bad people of our history—prostitutes, juvenile delinquents, drunks, etc.—by showing how their refusal to conform to the expectations of mainstream citizens has enhanced the sphere of personal liberty over the years," the reviewer writes. "Social conservatives who look to the origins of the United States as a moral and political Eden will be shocked by the happily libertine portrait of colonial America that Russell paints."

Move (or roll) over, Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 (and rest in peace). This puts the "rum" into Rum, Romanism, & Rebellion, I say, which is to be the tagline to my next blogging endeavor — The Bourbon Democrat — should I return to America, which as of today has turned out to be within my reach, Deo gratias.

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Blogger Francis said...

"which as of today has turned out to be within my reach..."


1:53 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks. It's exciting, and unexpected.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Congratulations! I hope you will post more about this opportunity soon. Since you say it is unexpected, is this something other than the opening in NYS that you were exploring?

Cheers and good luck!

5:02 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

No, its. NYS, 60 miles from where I grew up. Unexpected because I had not expected to be hired.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Congratulations from me as well!

Incidentally, I had just been wondering what would happen to your Katolik Shinja/Western Confucian brand if your plans did come to fruition. And now I know! =)

As for my own "other blog," I really didn't mean to invite you to read it and then seem to shut you out completely. I had some professional design work done and planned to relaunch it on 1 July. It's keeping its old URL but getting a new name: I Hope You're Happy, Martin Luther.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Sweet. What will you be teaching? Spanish? Korean? Linguistics?

7:08 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks, Enbrethiliel. Great name for a blog.

Mark, I'll be teaching a bit of ESL, but mostly, I'll be doing admin, as the second in charge of a university language education center.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...


Congrats! I'll finally be able to buy you that pint.

Or by now, I think I've committed to a keg!!!

Send me an email when you get a chance.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Tracy Fennell said...

Best wishes and God Bless the Snyders!

4:02 PM  
Blogger laBiscuitnapper said...

That's excellent news indeed! I, for one, am looking forward to the new blogging incarnation when it comes.

8:16 PM  

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