Leonidas Spratt on Inequality

South Carolina


Palmetto Patriot has continued digging through archives of the secession commissioners and has turned up this quote from Leonidas Spratt who was the South Carolina commissioner to Florida:

“The one embodies the social principle that equality is the right of man; the other, the social principle that equality is not the right of man, but the right of equals only.”

This is one of a multitude of examples that illustrates the ideological clash between Enlightenment-based liberal republicanism and Greco-Roman-based classical republicanism.

Note: No one meditated more deeply on the implications of racial inequality on republican political theory than Antebellum Southerner like John C. Calhoun and George Fitzhugh.

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  1. excellent hunter, this stuff needs to be in textbooks, i swear to “odin” by the time i have grey heair it will be!

  2. Wow, what a GREAT statement. “The rights of equals only.”

    It ranks up there with that great clarifier for me of ‘love your enemy,’ by the Orthodox saint Theodosius: “Live in peace not only with your friends but with your enemies; but only with your personal enemies and not with the enemies of God.”

    That absolves one of a lot of CRAP about ‘loving one’s ideological enemies,’ who clearly are anathema to God- Jews, Communists, Sodomites, Feminazis, etc.

    One is biblical and patristic; the other is utter ROT.

  3. I used to live in Columbia, South Carolina, about five minutes from where Carter Strange was attacked and beaten by a mob. I had just gotten out of the Army and was ready to relax, and take advantage of my GI Bill. I can say without hyperbole or equivocation, that THEY exponentially increase the symptoms of PTSD, and maybe can cause the disorder in the first place.

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