Saturday, May 20, 2023
Battle of the Fake Historians Heats Up
The primary purpose of history education has always been first to establish a common narritive for all citizens, even if it is highly distorted. Yet those distortions also need to be acceptable to the majority. and we sort of had that.
Critical thinking is always a minority taste and is usually driven by some search for truth. Yet it certainly applies to historical scholarship.
what has to stop is the political hyjacking of our education curricula in pursuit of political objectives. This is hitler youth time and it stinks. We want good citizens and not politisized fools.
as you can see this crap attracts push back as folks wake up to hte abuses.
*** Battle of the Fake Historians Heats Up ***
A panel on “The Past, the Present and the Work of Historians,” held at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Philadelphia
MAY 16, 2023
NY Times: As Historians Gather, No Truce in the History Wars
At the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, the raging battle over how to write about the past — and why — was uncomfortably front and center.
This year's quackademic nerd prom of the 140-year-old American Historical Association (AHA) featured 3,000 assorted eggheads and a contentious debate over how history should be taught. On one side were the hard core young radicals who seek to politicize everything past and present. Standing in opposition were the traditional old-fashioned liars and ignoramuses -- who have no desire to disrupt the embedded lies and mythologies of the past by injecting what they refer to as "a trend toward presentism" into the subject -- such as the irrelevant discovery of this or that "racist" or this or that alleged anal poofter from decades or centuries gone by. Absent altogether in this great "binary" argument, of course, are folks like yours truly, who propose the really radical concept of objectively digging out the TRUTH of history and faithfully reporting it in a manner such that people can understand the present much better. Imagine that.
Prior to the annual convention, AHA President James Sweet had written a critical column which peeved the young "presentists" -- in which he stated:
“Too many on both left and right treat history as “an evidentiary grab bag. We suffer from an overabundance of history, not as a method of or analysis, but as anachronistic data points for the articulation of competing politics.”
The ensuing hissy-fit from the young radicals prompted a quick apology from Sweet for “alienating some of my Black colleagues and friends,” --- although he did not retract his arguments. This is the level of madness which the AHA had descended to. Traditional leftist liars / fools such as President Sweet are now coming off sounding somewhat sane and responsible -- relative to the young radicals who want to --- and ultimately will, devour their quackademic elders for not being "woke" enough -- that is.
1. Standard Fake Historian James Sweet criticized what he saw as a "dangerous tilt toward presentism.” His comments stirred up the hornets' nest of "woke" historians who want to inject "racism" and "LGBT" into everything. // 2. Woke Historian Rashauna Johnson said that historians of Black people should "think of the cause of justice as deeply tied to the work of history.”
Founded in 1884, the American Historical Association (AHA) is the oldest and largest professional association of historians in the United States, and the largest in the world. Like the similarly once-venerable New York Times and various universities of the Ivy League, the AHA once pursued true scholarship in a methodical and responsible manner. To give you an idea of the level of "progress" that took place over the decades, consider the fact that one of the AHA's early annual presidents was the noted scholar, Henry Adams (1893-94) -- the grandson and great-grandson of early US Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams, respectively. Adams once wrote:
"I detest the Jews and everything connected with them, and I live only and solely with the hope of seeing their demise, with all their accursed Judaism. I want to see all the lenders at interest taken out and executed.... We are in the hands of the Jews. They can do what they please with our values."
Adams advised against investment except in the form of gold locked in a safe deposit box:
"There you have no risk but the burglar. In any other form you have the burglar, the Jew, the Czar, the socialist, and, above all, the total irremediable, radical rottenness of our whole social, industrial, financial and political system."
Now THAT is a serious historian. About 50 years later, the same AHA would elect Arthur Schlesinger (cough cough) as president. Various other chosenite quackademics would subsequently serve one-year terms.
1. Historian and former AHA president Henry Adams. A contemporary once described Adams' "antisemitism" by saying that: "when Adams saw Vesuvius (volcano in Italy) reddening... he searched for a Jew stoking the fire." // 2. The students of America were once influenced by the Anglo patriot Adams. Decades later, students got their history "education" from the likes of AHA president Arthur Schlesinger (Image 2) and Howard Zinn (Image 3).
The tragic transformation of the AHA from a scholarly organization to an instrument of Orwellian Globalist propaganda -- and now, to the brink of full-fledged Frankfurt School "wokeism" / "presentism" was not by accident. For those of who us who understand how academic subversion works, this Slimes article itself inadvertently gives the game away.
“Ford and Mellon -- the two mega-foundations -- have gotten out of the history business , ...have recently ended or reduced support for graduate study and higher education generally, as part of a broader refocusing on social justice." (emphasis added)
Translation: The mighty tax-exempt foundations which were behind the falsification of history are now moving their resources toward insane "wokeism." Follow the money (cough cough).
"It seems incredible that the trustees of American fortune-created foundations should have permitted them to be used to finance ideas and practices incompatible with the fundamental concepts of our Constitution. Yet there seems evidence that this may have occurred." -- Norman Dodd (Director of research for Special House committee investigating the large tax-exempt foundations, 1953-54)