Sunday, June 18, 2017

Is Hodgkinson our modern John Brown?

At the Ann Althouse blog, commenter poker1one writes,
Is Hodgkinson our modern John Brown? Violence in Virginia (at the time) in both cases with an older man, Brown was 59, Hodgkinson 66. Brown came to believe, like many abolitionists, that violence was the only way to solve the problem of slavery, "The crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood." And in case you didn't know, Brown was eulogized in the North, by no lesser a light than Henry David Thoreau, while his crime was pointed to in the South as proof of a Northern conspiracy to end slavery, which would have shattered the South's economy. Ralph Waldo Emerson and others suggested reimbursing slave owners for their loss before the war but that idea was ignored mostly, by abolitionists, who wanted the South to pay for its sin. At this point is it so far fetched to believe the neo-liberal Democrat Party and its press want the blood of conservatives to pay for its sin, which was to elect Donald Trump?

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