Monday, June 16, 2014

It's what you know that ain't so

Or, the full quote, from Mark Twain:

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

And of course that's true in a broader sense. Popularly believed untruths make for bad public policy. And I'm sure Gavin would agree that it's not just millennials, though they are probably the most adept at believing absurd things. Here's one that my generation and others believe: The Wild West was dangerous, with armed people shooting each other all the time. Well, no. Outside the Indian wars, everyday life was probably less violent than it was back east. Partly because so many Civil War vets and others were armed, it took really stupid people to go around looking for trouble.

I'm sure you could make your own list, but Gavin McInnes has made one for us. This is from TakiMag.

15 Myths Millennials Accept as Fact

Last week an everyday group of anti-gun nuts called Everytown published data that claimed there have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. Most of us went, “No there haven’t,” because we’ve only read about a few. The president apparently does not have access to Google, because he ran straight to the papers and bleated, “There’s no developed country on earth that would put up with this. And it happens now once a week … We should be ashamed.” He’s accidentally right. We should be ashamed of these shootings. Gang violence among black youth is totally out of control and the lack of fathers has to be a factor. That’s obviously not the narrative he was going for, however. He was more likely going for the same old “evil, white, American patriarchy” garbage we were all taught in school.

So let’s take a step back and explain to children and the president of the United States that most of the truths they take for granted are completely false. For example …


We fought them for 400 years. They fought against us, alongside us, and behind us. Before we got here they were fighting each other, and yes, it was savage. War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage describes horrific mass graves from way before we got here. Indians used to shoot arrows into their victims for hours after the guy died so he’d be fucked in the afterlife. The smallpox blankets were likely a myth. The worst we behaved was probably Wounded Knee but the reason everyone knows about it is because it was meticulously documented by outraged whites who were—and still are—disgusted by our behavior there.

“This country was built on legal immigration, and the ones who made it through learned the language and assimilated. … Today’s scenario is 15 million illegals ridiculing those of us who played by the rules.”

(Read the other 14 HERE.)

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