Monday, June 19, 2017

Glimpses of History 3

This is an unfortunate bit of suppressed history some will want to either deny or ignore.  Quote: "Not only Russia, but also many other countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America have been forced to provide that “practical lesson” in the political tyranny and economic disaster that socialist society, especially in its Marxist permutation, offered to mankind.  It stands as a stark demonstration of the disastrous consequences when a society fully abandons a political philosophy of classical liberal individualism, an economic system of free markets, and an acceptance of self-interested human nature functioning within a social arrangement of voluntary association and peaceful exchange.  Let us hope that with this year marking the one-hundredth anniversary of the communist revolution in Russia mankind will learn from that tragic mistake, and come to realize and accept that only individual liberty and economic freedom can provide the just, good, and prosperous society that humanity can and should have.

This item continues the discussion of the facts of progressive's past and present bigotry.  Quote: "Progressivism embraced racism early in its history, a line of thought that continues to this day, only with different targets of scorn.  Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, two of the early advocates of progressivism in America, often manifested racial and/or ethnic prejudice.  Although he believed in Anglo-Saxon racial superiority, TR generally soft-peddled his views about blacks.  But, he frequently mouthed shibboleths about Jews.  His antipathy toward hyphenated Americans who were not from the British Isles or northern Europe was also well known.  As president, Wilson exhibited his Southern heritage by a series of acts, from screening D. W. Griffith’s racist movie, Birth of a Nation, in the White House to resegregating domestic and military bureaucracies.  Wilson may have been the most virulent white racist to occupy the White House since slavery ended."

This is a bit of unfortunate, but true, history.  It regards the consequences of the Woodrow Wilson presidency.  Quote: "The chaos and economic depression sowed by the war and the Treaty of Versailles helped open the door to some of the worst dictators in modern times, including Germany’s Adolf Hitler, Italy’s Benito Mussolini, and Vladimir Lenin–whom Wilson intensely disliked because "he felt the Bolshevik leader had stolen his ideas for world peace," as historian Thomas Fleming noted in his 2003 masterpiece, The Illusion of VictoryAmerica in World War 1.  Despite winning the war, Wilson’s Democratic Party was crushed at the polls in both 1918 and 1920. H.L. Mencken wrote on the eve of the 1920 election that Americans were sickened of Wilsonian "idealism that is oblique, confusing, dishonest, and ferocious."  Have today’s policymakers learned anything from the debacle a century ago? Wilson continues to be invoked by politicians who believe America can achieve great things by warring abroad. The bellicosity of both Republican and Democratic leaders is a reminder that Wilson also failed to make democracy safe for the world." 

About Herbert Hoover and his presidency.  Quote: "This narrative, promoted by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in the postwar years and countless others in the decades that followed has never been fair or wholly accurate. In the 1980s, such was even proven to be the case, through new studies of Hoover written by historians Richard Norton Smith and George Nash. But this correction never took hold in the popular imagination."

This is an interesting piece regarding the battle for the Supreme Court.  

This item deals with the history of Muslim actions and their subsequent impacts. 

Very interesting discussion of George Washington's chef. 

This item reveals much about Andrew Jackson the most of us probably did not know.   Parallels to other times in our history including today are noted.   Here is part II in this series.

This is a twist on the narrative surrounding Hitler's motives/intentions. Quote: "Hitler didn't want a world war, and had no stomach for fighting England, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Louis Kilzer, author of "Churchill's Deception" (Simon & Schuster, 1994).  Hitler believed the future of Western civilization depended on the cooperation of Germany and her Aryan cousins: England and the United States. His territorial demands were limited to conquering Communist Russia, which he regarded as a proxy for Jewish world ambitions. He was determined to avoid fighting a war on two fronts.  The "miracle at Dunkirk" was in fact an extraordinary peace overture to England. We don't normally associate Hitler with such magnanimity.  In May 1940, the British were on the verge of defeat. The English army was trapped at Dunkirk. Rather than take them prisoner, Hitler halted his generals for three days allowing 330,000 men to escape.  "The blood of every single Englishman is too valuable to shed," Hitler said. "Our two people belong together racially and traditionally. That is and always has been my aim, even if our generals can't grasp it." (Kilzer, p.213)  This is not an attempt to exonerate Hitler. His ideology of Aryan racial supremacy and his treatment of "inferior races" are abhorrent to me. My own grandparents were murdered by the Nazis. I believe people can take pride in their race or nationality without seeking to dominate others."

This is related background to the previous item.,_Hitler_and_the_Unnecessary_War

A neat history of technology.   Some may challenge the early phase of this depiction.  I tend to.  I don't think they have the proof they claim to possess.  My read is that much of the early stuff is guesswork.  Things like carbon dating have proved to be far less than reliable.

In 1918 Russia, leftist Bolsheviks conducted a campaign of murder so vast and depraved that media and entertainment organs committed themselves to forever shielding the public from its horror. The Red Terror was a starburst of logical conclusion liberalism that has persistently evaded capture in American museum dedications and feature films. Though this omission was certainly not from a lack of enthusiasm. Of its many publicly-mute recountings I thought Wiki’s entry captured the spirit of the occasion well. Please do read it all.

Interesting piece.

Progressivism Part I.

Progressivism Part II.

George Burns

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