The Confederacy -the eleven states which tried to break away from the United States to form their own nation during the American Civil War- was dominated in thoughts and actions by its slave owning elite.
Though only a minority of Southern whites owned slaves (the rich; as are to this day-ONLY the rich have…employ servants), a disproportionate number of Southern politicians owned slaves. Their political actions were of course influenced by their stake in the perpetuation and expansion into new territories of slavery and trade.
The white population heard and read a lot of rhetoric often obscuring this fact, and went to war for many different reasons the same reasons are similar today. During the war, however, they quickly came to the realization they were mainly fighting for the interests of their rich neighbors; yeah the one’s with slaves.
The cry ‘A rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight’ became common. Especially after the new slave holding nation passed a law saying you didn’t have to fight if you happened to have 20 slaves back home.
It turned out the elite moved their poorer neighbors into the abyss and weren’t willing to pay the price to get them back out of it. In the end, around 258,000 people died for the perpetuation of a system that benefited only a tiny, fabulously wealthy elite;remember them, the one’s with the slaves.
So always ask yourself when something major happens: Cui Bono? Who benefits? In ANY war, with any variant of this is: Follow the Money. Why does the American political system spew forth pathologically lying demagogues? Cui bono? Who benefits?
Chances are it won’t be the unemployed;lovers of freedom, the working poor or the debt-ridden students…
Credit: more in part to Frank M.
*Thanks Frank; you’re a blessing. Makes people think!
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