Mission: To promote traditional Southern values in the post-modern South
So what does this mean? It means that modern, progressive concepts that are contrary to the good sense that our grandpaws had are rejected. It is a rejection of the hedonistic and godless doctrine espoused in the modern era. The Society advocates the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
How men decide to exercise those unalienable Rights are completely up to the individual. Some men will squander them, while Gentlemen will treasure them and make the fullest advantage of them. Equal creation does not mean equal opportunity. Some men are born poor, some rich, some genetically predisposed to being fat, and others to being fit. No amount of social manipulation can level that playing field. The Society believes it is within the man himself to better his circumstances to the best of his ability. It is also within a man to seek out others, who through mutual association can assist each other in their betterment. It is unrealistic to believe that everyone can become President of the United States; the odds just do not support such a notion. But everyone can become the best man he is capable of being. The Society serves to help him in meeting that achievable goal.
Likewise, not everyone was blessed to be born in the South. Try as they might, most Yankees are just incapable of assimilating to our way of life. They are too busy trying to change it to just slow down and enjoy it. The Society serves to help Southerners to know their heritage, and to assist those of a non-Southern persuasion who appreciate the South in their assimilations. Yankee snowbirds be forewarned, you known where your safe havens in Boca Raton and so forth are. Kindly stick to your expatriate communities and allow us to enjoy ours.
Additionally, the Society does not attempt to be politically correct. We leave that nonsense to the puritanical ne’er-do-wells who have invaded our soil for the past 150 years. We don’t practice hatefulness, but we believe that a Gentleman should be free to exercise his rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others. What a man does within those bounds in the privacy of his own abode should be of no concern to others.
That being said, we do not endorse all of the practices of our ancestors. The concept of owning another human violated the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness of millions of African (and in earlier years, Native American) descent. We don’t condemn outright our ancestors who engaged slavery, but we do condemn the institution of slavery. We can admire that generation without glorifying that vile practice. Men of all races and colors have done some pretty horrendous things to their fellow men over the course of human history. The Society is not a neo-Confederate body, although we may highlight the virtues of some of our Southern heroes. We hope to highlight exemplary Southern men of all races from every generation.
Vision: To help Southern men become Southern Gentlemen
We strive to be a guide to accomplish this vision. The website serves as an aggregate for articles to promote manners, Southernism, and Gentlemanliness. With traditional values constantly under fire from those who do not share them, we hope to be a light on the hill for the lost Southern man seeking the live, or learn to live, an honorable life.
The Society is operates as an unincorporated, loose association of likeminded men. Currently it maintains no physical presence and has no assets, nor does it currently conduct regular meeting requiring parliamentary procedure. Since the concept of the Society originated in Alabama, and the curation of this website is conducted from there, the Society is structured as a Unincorporated Nonprofit Association under 10-3B of the Alabama Code. As the Society is still in its infancy, it is overseen by a provisional chairman until such a time as its members may meet to elect permanent officers. At such a time the members shall also adopt articles of association.
The Society has a place in the “Manosphere”, in that it is a male-centric, traditional-values entity. You will not, however, find guidance here on improving your sex life, picking up beauties of the fairer sex, or anything of the like. We do not promote pickup artistry or men going their own way. We don’t promote neomasculinity; we promote paleomasculinity. We do not believe it is too late to restore that order. We will not tremble at the threats of feminism, liberalism, neopaganism, atheism, or any other “ism”, in fact, we will do our best not to even comment on those institutions here. Such discussion is a distraction to the Mission and Vision of the Society.
We also do not promote the misapplied concept of chivalry. If we address it, it will be in its historical context. There will be no “milady” or white knighting in the Society. We will promote a Gentleman’s obligations to females who are directly in his sphere of influence, not some random female whom he encounters or wishes to make a positive impression on, who he, as he channels his inner Walter Mitty or Don Quixote, expects to be impressed with his effete decrepitude and show him some sort of favor. Such pandering is beneath a Gentleman.
The Society believes that the discussion of politics is antithetical to practicing Gentlemanliness. We understand the topic will arise in private conversation, but the Society will endeavor to the best of its ability to avoid the topic. That being said, it is worth sharing a few quotes on the subject:
- “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” – George Washington
- “I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician” – Charles Chaplin
- “Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.” – Ambrose Bierce
- “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain
The Society recognizes belief in the God of Abraham to be cornerstone to the traditions of the South. It is indisputable that a majority Southerners in the history of these United States have held a reverence to the Creator, though there has been many a lively debate as to the correct doctrines of worship. Like politics, the Society shall not endorse a particular view on religion, although members of the Society in their contributions to the website may quote certain scripture to validate concepts related to Gentlemanliness. Any such contribution will be done in lovingkindness and through a spirit of edification.