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Misremembrance of Things Past
National Review Online ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Charles C. W. Cooke

Posted on 11/28/2012 7:24:48 AM PST by KeyLargo

Misremembrance of Things Past

By Charles C. W. Cooke November 28, 2012 4:00 A.M.

Smarter conservatives winced when Francis Fukuyama made his declaration that the closing decade of the 20th century marked the “end of History.” But their disquiet was nothing compared with the sheer wretchedness of those who had spent the prior decades hoping history would progress ever leftwards. When Fukuyama pronounced the endpoint of History, classical liberals publicly accepted the compliment while privately affirming that nothing on this earth is permanent; at the other end of the spectrum, the Marxists looked disconsolately at the emerging storyline and saw that it was dominated by the conceits of their enemies.

In defeat, though, comes opportunity. Some were troubled by the very presence of a zeitgeist in which a man might announce to much acclaim that it was time to accept the “universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government,” and they understood Fukuyama’s quixotic assessment as a call to arms. “What do we do now?” they asked. “Well, the same thing we do every night, Pinky,” was the answer. “We try to take over the past!”

The Howard Zinn/Noam Chomsky/Oliver Stone Account of Things Past — let’s call this “Zinnism” for brevity’s sake — bubbles up from time to time. The latest contribution to the canon is filmmaker Oliver Stone’s new ten-part documentary, An Untold History of the United States. Stone’s series suffers from the dual afflictions of being neither “untold” nor a “history,” but, given that neither deficiency impedes its purpose, this doesn’t really matter. Propaganda need not be pure.


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Always America’s Fault

Stone’s Untold History is no history.

1 posted on 11/28/2012 7:24:53 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
Stone's film SALVADOR slandered the heroes of El Salvador while lauding the communist guerrillas. Roberto D'Aubuisson was called "Major Max" in the film but he was depicted as the man behind the assassination of Archbishop Romero. D'Aubuission bought television time repeatedly to answer such accusations made locally by his political enemy General Lopez-Nuila who was a Leftist. D'Aubuisson had all the vaqueros behind him and the U.S. State Department against him. In my opinion Roberto D'Aubuisson was a courageous hero of El Salvador and as they say there "hombres como el, hay pocos". Robert D'Aubuisson, 1986. Photo: Robert Meacham, Photo of D'Aubuisson by R. Meacham
2 posted on 11/28/2012 7:40:31 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: KeyLargo

unfortunately our education system lacks in teaching our children to think deductively... tgey accept everything as gospel

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3 posted on 11/28/2012 7:50:14 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: KeyLargo

“...there is “a profound conflict of interest between the people and the government of the United States.” But he then went on to complain that the people are “passive acceptors of the official doctrine that’s handed down to them” via “pledges of allegiance, national anthems, flags waving and rhetoric blowing.” This philosophy, which Stone appears to share, might be condensed as “The People are idiots. Long live the People!”...”

The article does a good job of ripping up the Zinn/Stone view of history. I went to junior high school beginning in 1967 and even then in Tennessee many teachers seemed to delight in taking the approach that “you’ve always thought such and such but the real story is...”

A specific example would be along the lines of “You’ve always seen Davy Crockett depicted as a hero but he was really a hard drinking hayseed who did not fight bravely at the Alamo and was found under a bed dressed as a woman...”


4 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:26 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: KeyLargo
Totalitarians of every stripe believe history will never tell their secrets. Thus far, they've been wrong 100% of the time.

The question isn't whether history will tell the truth, but how soon.

5 posted on 11/28/2012 8:29:16 AM PST by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf
The question isn't whether history will tell the truth, but how soon.

Telling the truth is only part of the equation. Someone has to be willing to listen.

My conversations with the 47% indicate that the problem isn't the existance or lack of an historical record. The problem is they simply don't care.
6 posted on 11/28/2012 9:46:42 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: KeyLargo

Leftists do not and will not learn from the past. The Obama phenomenon is evidence of this. What could be more bizarre than electing the son of Marxists President?


7 posted on 11/28/2012 10:20:46 AM PST by popdonnelly
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