Friday, October 11, 2013

Down the Memory Hole

Henry Ford said that history is bunk. What he meant, as far as I can tell, was that the official version of history is bunk, and we can hardly argue with that. Just yesterday somebody on the net remarked that the South started the Civil War. Simple as that. No nuances. The North was minding its own business and the South sneaked in and started a Civil War out of pure cussedness. Other examples of History being bunk: FDR ended the depression.  Wrong.  It dragged on for years and years and probably would have ended a lot sooner with somebody like Coolidge in charge. There are thousands of things like that.

Historical facts that don't fit the Establishment's narrative are tossed down the memory hole, as Orwell put it, either suppressed entirely or tweaked so that they seem to mean something else. In the case of historical personages, they're either lied about or their very existence is suppressed, by removing their memorials.  One of the best examples of this is.... Well, let John Derbyshire tell you about it:

The War Against the Past

1 comment:

  1. "Henry Ford said that history is bunk. What he meant, as far as I can tell, was that the official version of history is bunk, and we can hardly argue with that."

    I second that and I was an American History major.

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