While the Southern revolt failed to put the reactionaries in totalitarian control of y the nation, its failure weakened but little the slavocracy's strangle hold on the South. The slavocracy's dictatorship over the region's state and local government is both direct and indirect, above ground and under cover. To satisfy its insatiable appetite for excess profits, the slavocracy pays starvation wages and denies democracy to the working people of the South. The result is feudalism for all Southerners, plus white supremacy for Negroes.
Needless to say, in order to maintain such a system, forcible repression is necessary. While the slavocracy has entrusted the burden of day-to-day suppression to officers of the law, in the final analysis the system relies for protection upon the reincarnated Ku Klux Klan. This is no overstatement. The Klan's repressive influence is omnipresent throughout the South, not so much by virtue of its seen handiwork as by the terror, engendered by the knowledge that the Klan's unseen lynch law lurks around every corner.
This has ever been the Klan's true function. While some modern Klansmen--like their forefathers during Reconstruction --have conscientiously lynched under the delusion that they were protecting white Southern womanhood or were promoting public morality and the like, they have actually served as storm troopers of the plutocracy which robs them and their neighbors (as well as the Negroes) of the best fruits of their labor.
For more than three quarters of a century, now, the Kloran