Skip to comments.Misremembrance of Things Past
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 Fukuyamas 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 lets call this Zinnism for brevitys sake bubbles up from time to time. The latest contribution to the canon is filmmaker Oliver Stones new ten-part documentary, An Untold History of the United States. Stones series suffers from the dual afflictions of being neither untold nor a history, but, given that neither deficiency impedes its purpose, this doesnt really matter. Propaganda need not be pure.
Always Americas Fault
Stones Untold History is no history.
unfortunately our education system lacks in teaching our children to think deductively... tgey accept everything as gospel
“...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 thats 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...”
The question isn't whether history will tell the truth, but how soon.
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?