From the March 2007 Idaho Observer:
Those who know we don’t know history are committed to making us repeat it
Those who know we don’t know history are committed to making us repeat it
Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
Noah built an arc.
Jesus died on the cross.
(None of the above is true anymore—people evolved from apes)
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
George Washington cut down a cherry tree.
No taxation without representation; the Boston Tea Party
Paul Revere’s ride—The British are coming, the British are coming!
The shot heard ‘round the world; Don’t shoot ‘til you see the whites of their eyes.
One nation, under God; Land of the free, home of the brave.
WWI: Yankee Doodle Dandy, the American Dream.
Stock market crash, The Great Depression, FDR and the New Deal.
WWII: Over there: Hitler, Ann Frank’s Diary, Holocaust, six million Jews, gas chambers.
Iron Curtain, the red threat, Cold War, Cuban missile crisis.
Lone nut communist sympathizer Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK
Vietnam: Stopping the spread of communism; a chicken in every pot.
Nancy Reagan: "Just say no" to drugs.
Ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein
Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, free trade.
9/11, Osama bin Laden, 19 al Qaeda terrorists, war on terror, Saddam, WMD
"Got that? Good. You know everything you need to know about history and are ready for the adult world. Now take your diploma, work, play, consume, watch TV, obey the laws and remember: If you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain."
Most Americans graduate with an understanding of history that is not much deeper than a collection of a few buzz phrases and images imprinted on their minds in grammar school. Americans enter adulthood with the impression that history is childish, boring and just a bunch of names and dates; most will live their lives and die without revisiting history; most will go to their graves not knowing how they got there.
This is by design. The commoners are publicly instructed and conditioned to not know history so they will be easily encouraged to repeat it—over and over again. Today’s publicly-instructed American is just following technologically-enhanced models of behavioral programming that have been mass producing citizen/subjects since ancient Greece.
Why has government prioritized public instruction since Aristotle? Is it solely to mass produce malleable adult tools for parent states—or is there another reason?
I believe that by retarding people’s understanding of, appreciation for and interest in history you relegate them to viewing their lives and times with no relevant connection to the past. Therefore, they are so preoccupied with their present there is no time nor context within which to see a future. For the masses of intentionally-educated-to-be-historically-ignorant, there is only the here and now; they are absolutely dependent upon contemporary authorities to tell them what to think and how to act because lessons of the past and hope for the future is beyond their programmed capabilities. They simply cannot see history repeating. To the "historically-challenged," world events such as wars, famines, economic collapses, tyrannies, epidemics and social unrest just pop up out of a vacuum and one has no choice but to follow their leaders, trust they are doing what is best and accept whatever comes as the inevitable and unpredictable future result. The historically-challenged are easily divided by dualistic arguments such as, "You are either pro-life or pro-choice; you either internalize the inconvenient truth of global warming or reject it totally; you are either with us or you are with the terrorists."
Those of us who have a more solid understanding of history have a broader perspective. As we roll back through what we know about history, we are able to identify the details that make each time and culture unique. But, because we are seeing rather than being history, we can also conceptualize the past as an unbroken chain of events leading to the present’s doorstep. We can see the patterns; we can see history repeating. We can draw from lessons of the past and we can predict what the future will bring. We are not dependent upon contemporary authorities to tell us what to think and how to act. Quite to the contrary, we are able to see them for what they truly are in a historical context and can read between their politically rhetorical lines to understand that wars, famines, economic collapses, tyrannies, epidemics and social unrest are manufactured for political gain and commercial advantage. With history as our guide, we should not be dualistically divided as easily as our historically-challenged contemporaries.
So now we get to look at our fellow countrymen in a whole different light: We can categorize them as either historically astute or historically retarded. In our efforts to restore freedom, justice, compassion and morality to our modern world, it is helpful to know if those whom we are addressing are mired in the uncharted wilderness of their immediate contemporary reality or if they are dwelling in a more civilized neighborhood where causes and effects can be discussed and understood.
To understand what is happening in the world at this moment all one needs is the benefit of relevant facts from historical events from the beginning of recorded history to yesterday. From this perspective we can plainly see that our modern world is being shaped by the same elitist families (and their "just doin’ my job" minions) that have been shaping the world since ancient Greece; its the same philosophy of greed and power lust that compels the elites to take advantage of the same misinformed, exploited, war torn, enslaved and miserable masses that have always been available to them.
Our mission, then, is not only for the handful of us who understand history to stand for what is right and just. We are also charged with inspiring the historically challenged to find comfort and wisdom in learning about the past—so they won’t be duped into helping the elites repeat it (again) for fun and profit.
The foundational importance of our more brightly illuminated mission is easily seen when contemplating current events and our people’s reaction to them. For instance, if the Bush administration was openly explaining U.S. plans to militarily control Middle East/Caspian Basin oil and had publicly admitted to developing the nuclear first strike capability to prevent Russia and China from leading a war to stop the U.S. from controlling the oil, would Americans approve the plan?
Or, if Americans realized that 9/11 was a classic "false flag" operation to justify a global war on terror and the erection of a police state in America—and that variations of this exact mechanism have been employed countless times before—would they tolerate the crimes being committed—in their name and for their own safety—or would they be in the streets demanding regime change here at home?
My fellow counterpropagandists, concerned citizens and anyone else who sees our current troubles clearly with the aid of the corrective lenses provided by history: You must understand that our fellows’ myopia has been encouraged since several hundred years before the birth of Christ for reasons that are both historically and currently obvious. If we are to help them improve their eyesight, so to speak, current events and future outcomes will come more clearly into focus after we have inspired them to become interested in history. (DWH)
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