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Oskar Groening and The Lessons of History


 


 

I have said it many, many times: the biggest error a historian – or anyone appealing to history – can make, is to judge a culture buy their own values and practices.

And yet, every day I hear people who have “studied history” explain to me how the past “got it wrong,” and if only they (the past) had been as smart as the speaker, things would be different – meaning “better” – today. “If I had been there, it would have been done right,” they so often say.

“If I had been there in 1787, we’d have gotten it right!”

Even short term history is treated as if it is an absolute exercise in cause and effect: “The United States didn’t need to drop the atomic bomb. Doing so destabilized the world and led directly to the Cold War.” Read the rest of this entry

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No… I did not watch the Oscars. Why not? Because if I need a condescending moralistic lectures from self-centered hypocrites I will just go to church.

Seriously, how is it that we have found ourselves looking to Hollywood for moral guidance?

Meanwhile, we have politicians all over the Nation who are examples are exactly who should be arrested and put in jail instead of paying attention to them about how we should behave. Read the rest of this entry

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