If one examines predialectic cultural theory, one is faced with a choice:
either accept Foucaultist power relations or conclude that consciousness is
used to oppress the proletariat, but only if the neodialectic paradigm of
expression is valid; if that is not the case, we can assume that reality is a
product of the collective unconscious. Baudrillard’s model of predialectic
cultural theory holds that sexuality is responsible for sexism, given that
truth is distinct from narrativity. Therefore, Debord uses the term ‘the
postsemanticist paradigm of expression’ to denote not desituationism, as Sartre
would have it, but predesituationism.
When discussing the differences between North and South in the 19 th century, obviously the huge elephant in the room is slavery. Slavery definitely affected the honor code inasmuch as it shaped the South’s economy and was part of the way of life whites wished to defend. It influenced it in other ways as well, but historians disagree on exactly how. Some think the fear of a slave uprising made Southerners more prone to engaging in reflexive violence – demonstrating strength as a warning against would-be mutineers. Some say that by including all whites in the Southern honor group, rich and poor alike, they pacified possible resentment from the lower class, and thus headed off the possibility of their teaming up with slaves in a rebellion against rich plantation owners. Slavery helped solidify the Southern hierarchy, and traditional honor thrives in an environment of “us vs. them.”
Cotton became dominant in the lower South after 1800. After the invention of the cotton gin, short staple cotton could be grown more widely. This led to an explosion of cotton cultivation, especially in the frontier uplands of Georgia, Alabama and other parts of the Deep South, as well as riverfront areas of the Mississippi Delta. Migrants poured into those areas in the early decades of the 19th century, when county population figures rose and fell as swells of people kept moving west. The expansion of cotton cultivation required more slave labor, and the institution became even more deeply an integral part of the South's economy.