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The South and the New Reconstruction

Atlanta, the self-styled "capital of the New South" and the host of the annual debauchery known as "Freaknik," was a natural to host the 1996 Olympics. The quadrennial event has become a giant block party to celebrate the smiley-face aspects of the New World Order: universal brotherhood, multiculturalism, diversity, and tolerance. But amidst the revelry and self-congratulation, the "City Too Busy To Hate" has discovered a target for its pent-up indignation: the Old South.

The 1996 Centennial Olympics revealed the dichotomy between the two Souths. On the one hand, the New South greeted the gathering of the world's tribes with its usual boasting and civic boosterism. On the other, the Old South viewed the garish pagan spectacle in much the same way it views the annual descent of the sandals-and-black-socks crowd from Ohio—as an aggravation to be borne until it goes away.

In order to spare the feelings of international visitors, the Atlanta city fathers and ACOG (the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games) went all out to banish every vestige of the Old Confederacy, including the Georgia state flag, which contains in its design the Confederate battle flag. A resident of Crawfordville. the home of CSA vice president Alexander H. Stephens, told me that when a van load of federal bureaucrats came to scout out Liberty Hall as a potential Olympic tourist site, several of them refused to...

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