Rebel Yell 121 American Nations, Appalachia

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This is Rebel Yell — a Southern Nationalist podcast. I’m your host, Musonius Rufus. For our 121st of Rebel Yell, I speak Dark Enlightenment and Fulwar Skipwith about Colin Woodard’s book American Nations. This first in the series is about Appalachia.

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  1. This is a very good podcast. I was raised in a rural area of Michigan but have spent my entire adult life in the Southeast and have lived on a farm in Appalachia for the last 20 years. I can say from personal experience that there is no such a thing as one common America—every region is very different and parts of the country (Hawaii) don’t belong at all.

    In my opinion, Appalachia people are taken for granted—while by nature they are tough patriotic people and end up being the fighters and volunteers who supply much of the military with men, they don’t cause trouble or commit crime or act up like many other groups.

    The area has really good soil and plenty of steady rainfall—it can grow about anything and beneath is mineral wealth and above there is plenty of high IQ human capital. But it has always been ignored by the coastal country when it comes to investment and development. Because of this, I think this area is one of the last places where you can still find real America at its finest without too much searching. It’s a place to still has some self-reliance (I’d bet there are more mason jars sold per capita here than anywhere else and the area has what I’d argue is the broadest, most distinct food culture in America). You don’t have to lock your door at night or when you run into town. People know how to shoot a gun, fix an engine, plumb a spring box, skin a deer and make jerky. The area would do much better for itself if it didn’t have to navigate its existence with distant city people who don’t like them and think it is fine to make this paradise of land and people the butt of ignorant jokes.

  2. Whoever and whatever soil and blood figures out how to bloom the human capital of the Appalachian Country is going to be a hero and wealthy beyond belief.

    The geography has everything. Smart people who know how to do real things (write books on one end or drop an oak tree for wood heat without killing anyone on the other). It’s still a community place where people trust and understand each other. There are millions of such people in Appalachia.

    They are theoretically competing against people moving into other places who immediately sign up for government assistance but will never cut what it takes in a rugged yet bountiful landscape like the Mountains of Appalachia. A place with plenty of distributed (decentralized) water. Decentralized water–think about that. It comes with some skill to figure out how to live without provisions showing up in a drip system that hooks and takes care of you. Given a little bit of organization and the natural born independence of the area, the place is a very good bet.

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