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Ron Radosh

The American Left has been expert in indoctrinating a new generation with false history. We have seen this with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s Showtime TV series on the Cold War, and especially with the writings and pseudo-history of the late Howard Zinn. While conservatives — with some laudable exceptions — concentrate largely on policy issues, the left knows that it is not sufficient to work only for its own political agenda. The left realizes it needs to capture the realm of culture, which includes the portrayal of the American past.

The left believes that if the American past is to be accurately understood, its citizens must be educated to understand that their country was always the real oppressor of both its own citizens and the world community. Then, the evil of virtually all administrations will be seen not as an aberration, but as the result one should expect.

In order to understand this, it is necessary for the left to create myths. It does not matter if they have already been challenged and accurately discredited. They merely repeat them as fact.

In the past two weeks, a few examples have surfaced that illustrate how this is done.

1. How American Communists see the Haymarket bombings

The first example concerns what took place as part of the convention of the American Communist Party recently held in Chicago. As reported in the Chicago Tribune by reporter Ron Grossman, a man named Tim Yeager took the comrades on a history tour of Chicago. Yeager is described as juggling three jobs — “United Auto Workers union organizer, Communist official, and Episcopal priest” (consider for yourselves what that reveals). The article tells us what Yeager presented to  his CP group on a tour of labor-related sites in Chicago:

Friday morning, Yeager led a bus tour of some party history. The first stop was at the Haymarket statue on Desplaines Street just north of Randolph Street, where in 1886 a bomb thrown during a labor rally killed seven police officers and at least one civilian.

Known radicals, some not even present at the rally, were rounded up, speedily convicted and hanged. Several were buried at Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, making it a pilgrimage site for labor activists and the second stop on Friday’s tour. The Haymarket affair made Chicago the natural site for the Communist Party’s founding convention in 1919.

Yeager noted that the Chicago establishment leaders who called for swift punishment of the Haymarket martyrs were “the 1 percenters of that day” — the favored few who enjoyed immense riches while the majority toiled for crumbs.

In the CP’s version of events, the radicals at Haymarket were framed for what was clearly a police provocation, an excuse to arrest and condemn the radicals for their protest of bad working conditions. As John J. Miller explained last year in National Review, labor historian Timothy Messer-Kruse has written a book that demolishes the myth and tells the truth: the trial was not a travesty of justice, as the left has always argued, but a real anarchist conspiracy meant to create an insurrection starting with attacks on the police.

The prosecution proved its case, and was able through solid evidence to show that the anarchists were responsible for the throwing of the bomb that led to the death of the police officers. It was not “one of the great miscarriages of justice,” as one mainstream textbook tells its readers.

Messer-Kruse is an honest historian who personally is a social-democrat. “I drunk the Kook-Aid,” he told Miller, but he now puts accurate history in front of ideology. It is more than likely, he says,  that the seven dead policemen were not killed by the bomb, but shot in cold blood by the anarchists present at the rally. It was, as I put it in my own PJM column, the destruction of “another historical myth.”

The people Comrade Tim Yeager took on his tour, or the many thousands who read Howard Zinn’s falsehoods, believe the frame-up myth. And if they come across anyone who disputes it, they respond by attacking the person as a turncoat and a traitor, and by repeating the myth to their own students, over and over. The myth cannot be allowed to be exposed, or the result will be a possible rethinking of everything they have learned from the falsifiers of history

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Well, that's accurate. The Left is nothing but myths, all of their own inspiration. They do this in everything, weave a little tale of their "caring," of their "social justice," how they are the "saviors of us all." All of it is one big pantload.
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The truth shall set you free.

There is none of it to the left.
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Bill Ayers got into the field of Education for a reason: the left can systematically brainwash children in school. Mr. Radosh mentions a few of the myths your children are learning in school. The Scopes Trial, U.S. Civil Rights history, and the Vietnam War are other topics rife with "Liberal good/Conservative bad" lessons for young minds.
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Yeah, and not only that, they even praise the French Revolution and the Enlightenment as being similar to the American War for Independence, when it was not and in fact was a forerunner to the Communist revolutions. I'd know from experience. They also teach that free sex and second-wave feminism is good even in subjects that have absolutely nothing to do with them. It's been a problem since Voltaire, Rousseau, and their fellow Philosophes' gained control of education during the Enlightenment (yes, even David Hume and Kant participated in this travesty as well). We can't fix education because what they did was precisely what they aimed for all along. All we can do now is to utterly destroy it and leave it in ruins.
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The left lies about virtually every aspect of history. Just look at the statue of Abraham Lincoln they built in Chicago with the inscription "Abraham Lincoln: Democrat".

Look at their treatment of Joseph McCarthy. Today we know, thanks to documents declassified during the Clinton and early Bush years, that McCarthy was not some crazed loon who thought there was a communist under every bed, but that he was correct on virtually every case.

Just get the left talking about the Civil Rights Act. Their version of the story is that the Democrats that filibustered it all changed to Republicans. Other than Strom Thurmond, who publicly renounced his former segretationist views and spent the rest of his life as a champion of civil rights, and won numerous awards from the black community, can anyone name another? Did KKK Kleagel and Grand Cyclopse Robert Byrd switch? Nope. Did author of the Southern Manifesto William Fulbright switch? Nope. Did racist-til-the-day-he-died Al Gore Sr switch? Nope.

The left HAS to lie about history, because if they told the truth, they'd be seen for what they all are: A bunch of racist pro-Hitler fascists that seek to revoke all rights and steal all your wealth.
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"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
G Orwell
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Whether that's true or not is not the point. Today's new generation is being raised on the same distortions of history but in a more generic way and one conspicuously attached to race.

In these new histories, colonialism is the star, and all non-ethnic European colonialism disappears. I invite anyone to visit Wikipedia's various page versions of "colonialism" if you want to be stunned at what you DON'T find.

In these new histories, Jim Crow and lynchings are spread evenly coast-to-coast, without regard to facts or laws.

In these new histories, any past cultural artifact that is demographically male, white or heterosexual is automatically granted the status of an institutional and ideological expression of white male supremacy and homophobia, independent of facts or rules.

The new generation doesn't talk about historic events but of straight, white, and male. Oppressor and guilt is doled out in advance and simply assumed.
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Well, that's accurate. The Left is nothing but myths, all of their own inspiration. They do this in everything, weave a little tale of their "caring," of their "social justice," how they are the "saviors of us all." All of it is one big pantload.
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The truth shall set you free.

There is none of it to the left.
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I had my own disillusioning experience with "leftist" hero Ralph Bunche, whose sculpted bust adorns the history and social sciences building at UCLA, one of his schools. See http://clarespark.com/2014/06/18/how-ralph-bunche-sold-out-and-failed-in-palestine/.
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