Thomas DiLorenzo, an economics professor at Loyola University Maryland, testified at a House subcommittee hearing last week. He spoke about the Federal Reserve. But according to an article by Childs Walker in the Baltimore Sun, it didn’t go so well. As Walker wrote:

Rep. William Lacy Clay, a Democrat from St. Louis, quickly raised questions about DiLorenzo’s ties to the League of the South, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The League of the South describes itself as “a Southern Nationalist organization whose ultimate goal is a free and independent Southern republic.” In a statement on its website, the board of directors say that “we bear no ill will or hatred to any racial, ethnic, or religious group.”

Wait, there’s an extant group that calls for the secession of Southern states from the union?

Yes, apparently there is. This group,

Believes that Southern culture is distinct from, and in opposition to, the corrupt mainstream American culture. Therefore, we stand for our own sublime cultural inheritance and seek to separate ourselves from the cultural rot that is American culture.

The League of the South asserts that Southern society is radically different from the society impressed upon it by an alien occupier. American society today is egalitarian and Marxist and is devoid of any grace or charm.

In addition, the League of the South (logo above) maintains that,

The South still reveres the tenets of our historic Christian faith and acknowledges its supremacy over man-made laws and opinions; that our Christian faith provides the surest means of securing the welfare of all mankind; and that our primary allegiance is to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.

Even the Confederate States of America didn’t go that far.

DiLorenzo, the author of a book called The Real Lincoln: A New Look a Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War and a man who occasionally refers to the Civil War as the “War to Prevent Southern Independence,” explained that his talk to the League of the South was merely about Civil War economics. Furthermore, he gave the talk in 1998.

Yes, but you gave a talk to that group. It favors succession from the United States. It has the confederate flag on its website, dude! [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer