Better Off Without 'Em," which is the title of his poisonous little tome.
Thompson toured the South looking for evidence that his preconceived notions and prejudices were true all along. Southerners are people who believe (bwa-ha-ha!) in God, Fox News and the Republican Party. How backward can you get? Don't the Southrons know that such things are uncool in the snooty cocktail parties of Boston and New York?
"Better Off Without "Em" is a narcissistic, Northern exercise in snobbery and conceit, a way of saying "Look how COOL, sophisticated, enlightened and educated WE ARE compared to these laughable Southerners! We are just SO SUPERIOR!" However, Thompson's orgy of self-congratulation does underscore an important difference between Yankees and Southrons. The former (like Thompson) care deeply about their social standing, and desperately need validation, esteem and acceptance from other "sophisticates." In order to achieve this high level of snobbery, it is important to go to the right schools, hold the right opinions, and vote for the right (which means left) candidates. Southrons just don't give a damn, viewing such values as superficial and such attitudes as nonsense.
In spite of the book's rampant bigotry, however, it does reach a point we can all agree with. The South would be much "better off without 'em." However, the corollary isn't true. Just as Lincoln could not let the South go, neither can the modern day liberals and leftists of today, and for the same reason: they need our tax revenues. Parasites cannot survive without a host.
Update: See also the Wall Street Journal's review, reprinted in Southern Partisan.
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