Steve Sailer writes:
“Every Fourth of July, a heretical question nags: Would it have been so bad if America hadn’t won its independence from Britain?”
How’s this for an alternative history?
The American Revolution divided the slave colonies exactly in two: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia became independent, chained to the Union with the Yankees, whereas Jamaica, Barbados, the Windward Islands, and the Leeward Islands remained loyal to Britain.
The Revolution paved the road to abolition in the West Indies by cutting the number of slaves in the British Empire in half. It paved the road to abolition in the United States by cutting the number of slave states in half and bringing us into the Union with the Yankees on the basis of various worthless constitutional guarantees.
Suppose the Southern colonies had refused to join the American Revolution like the British West Indies: the pro-slavery forces within the Empire would have been twice as strong, probably even stronger because slavery would have expanded across the Appalachians and along the Gulf Coast.
(1) Abolition would have been defeated within the British Empire.
(2) A Southern superstate would have emerged that would have included the British West Indies and probably other conquests in Latin America and the Caribbean.
(3) In between British Canada and Greater Dixie, the Yankee could have been contained to the Northeast, and the spread of liberal democracy would have been checkmated in North America.