The constant in this relation of those conditioned by concentration, commerce, and mass communication and those outside that now familiar nexus is identity conflict, not place or ideology.  And economics will explain neither the persistence nor the variety of the rhetorics by means of which the conflict is sustained.  It is my argument, however, that the dispute I have just described has been informative of the political life of my part of the country [the South] since earliest settlement, that it was fundamental to a number of colonial upheavals, such as Bacon’s Rebellion and the Regulator movement in North Carolina, that it provoked the agricultural revolts of the past century, that it played a part in certain major nineteenth century transfers of power (Jefferson, Jackson, etc.), and that, when used as a frame, it helps explain the American Revolution itself.  ~M.E. Bradford, A Better Guide Than Reason

I will be away for much of today, so I leave you with this important idea from Bradford as something to think on.