Lott A Victim Of The New Feudalism

For three decades the United States
has been descending into a feudal legal order.

In the ancient feudal system, the
differential rights in the legal system were
class-based. In the new feudal order, rights are
determined by


, and

status. In the old feudalism, the people
with the most rights were descendants of warriors. In
the new system, it is the victim who has superior

This difference aside, there are
many similarities between the two feudal legal systems
despite the many centuries that separate them.

In the old feudal system, there
were no First Amendment rights. The legally privileged
were free to engage in hate speech and to verbally
harass others, but any

who replied in kind could be sued or have
his tongue cut out.

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
still has his tongue, but just barely. He used his
tongue in a way that gave offense to the new

Black Americans have been granted
the right to be offended by any words they don`t like
and to extract retribution. The offending speaker finds
himself forced into contrition and humiliating

Often the penalty is a

destroyed career.

At a birthday party for Strom
Thurmond, a 100-year old retiring U.S. Senator, Senator
Lott said that if the country had voted for Mr.
Thurmond`s States Rights party in 1948, “we wouldn`t
have had all these problems over these years.”

It was Senator Lott`s way of
doffing his hat to the longest-serving Senator.

Before the new feudal age, Senator
Lott`s words would have been understood as tribute to a
centenarian. But we are so thoroughly conditioned to the
new feudalism that race-baiters

Jesse Jackson

Al Sharpton
scarcely needed to open their mouths
before “powerful” white males, including the

President of the United States
and the editorial
page editors of the
Wall Street Journal

New York Times
, were

their job for them
, denouncing
Senator Lott for being a segregationist and giving
offense to blacks.

Republican pundits fell in line,
demanding more apologies from Lott, while Senator Don
Nickles (R, OK) saw an

in Lott`s discomfiture to gain the
Majority Leadership position for himself.

The spectacle proves–if proof is
any longer required–that the First Amendment has been
trumped by the race-based privileges of the new

Contrast the excoriation of Senator
Lott for his harmless remarks with the respectful
reception given a few days before to black Vanderbilt

Jonathan David Farley`s

against white southerners:

problems that wrack America to this day are due largely
to the fact that the Confederacy was not thoroughly
destroyed, its leaders and soldiers executed . . . Every
Confederate soldier deserved not a hallowed resting
place at the end of his days but a reservation at the

Noel Ignatiev,
Professor Farley`s counterpart at
Harvard, is not content with exterminating only

key to solving the social problems of our age is to
abolish the white race.”

No one demanded apologies and
resignations from Mr. Farley and Mr. Ignatiev. The
presidents of Vanderbilt and Harvard responded to the
blatantly hateful speech with assurances that the
hate-mongers were free to speak insensitively as long as
it was about whites.

Michelle Malkin, a rare voice of
intelligence in the Fourth Estate,

the skill with which the “race Mafiosi”
and big government Democrats maneuvered Lott`s
contrition to their advantage. Lott will be forgiven if
he delivers more minority set asides, more subsidized
housing, a minimum wage increase, and a prescription
drug benefit.

It was left to the libertarian,
Llewellyn Rockwell, to

point out
that, fundamentally, states` rights is
about the

Tenth Amendment
, not segregation. Thurmond`s
political movement sought a return to the enumerated
powers guaranteed by the Constitution to the states.

Some supporters of Strom Thurmond`s
presidential candidacy in 1948 saw states` rights as a
way to continue segregation. Others, however, saw it

Murray Rothbard, the founder of
modern libertarianism and certainly no segregationist,
saw in Thurmond`s states` rights party an alternative to
the centralizing socialism of the Democrats and the
Republicans. In a 1949
letter, Rothbard wrote that it was “the myriad
invasions of states rights”
that were destroying the
constitutional order, everywhere substituting federal
coercion in place of freedom of conscience, reason,
persuasion, and the will of the people.

Senator Lott`s tribute to Senator
Thurmond is easily defended on principled constitutional
grounds. However, to speak against the neoconservative
Republican and liberal Democrat ideal of a powerful
central government is as impermissible as to utter words
deemed to offend the legally privileged.

The only parts of the Constitution
that still exist are the amendments that permit the

income tax
and direct election of senators,
amendments that centralized power in Washington.

The land of the free is a lost

Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
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for Peter
Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.