The Abbeville Institute.

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The opera house, Abbeville, South Carolina.

The visitor to The United States can only wonder at the diversity that he finds there. This is a diversity not just of geography but of culture and of politics. The steel, concrete, and glass chasms of Manhattan celebrated by Ayn Rand and Damion Runyon hardly seem to be part of the same world, let alone the same country, as the small towns and plantations of the South which form the backgound to the novels of William Faulkner. And this is exactly how some, admittedly only a very small minority, would have it be. The cause of Southern seccession from The United States has recently had something of a small scale revival. As a proposal it is clearly at best visionary. Moreover, it distracts attention from the more urgent task of promoting decentralisation in The United States, and of controlling the monster that Washington D.C. has so plainly become. Nevertheless Southern seccession is no longer a cause which appeals exclusively to racists and bigots. There are some serious thinkers involved- for example Professor Clyde WilsonClyde_Wilson of The Univerisity of South Carolina. We are therefore  happy to link to The Abbeville Institute which represents the more moderate and scholarly elements in the movement, and which is now to be found among our American links. L.T.

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