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Ron Radosh

3. The Spanish Civil War

For decades, the left wing in America has spread the myth about the Spanish Republic’s fight against fascism that started in 1936, and the decision of heroic volunteers to fight on its behalf. Especially singled out are the Americans who went to volunteer in that fight, who belonged to what they called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which was actually a small battalion, the size of which they exaggerated purposefully in order to make themselves appear as more important than they actually were.

The old pro-Communists have their own falsified history to explain that event. That too has been long discredited, especially by the historian Stanley Payne, in books such as his recent The Spanish Civil War and in The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism.    

The truth about the Lincoln Battalion can be found in Cecil Eby’s important yet neglected book, Comrades and Commissars: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War. The role played by the Soviet Union in Spain can be understood in the book Mary Habeck and I wrote, Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War. Reviewing it for The Weekly Standard, Stephen Schwartz wrote: “It will effect a complete overturn in historical perceptions of the twentieth-century Left.”

No matter. The left continues to teach its false history to a new generation. In the past two weeks, an article by William Loren Katz appeared on the website of the Zinn Education Project, which is devoted to spreading the word of the most popular leftist defiler of the truth, the late Howard Zinn. His column also appeared on the Huffington Post and other websites. According to Katz, the volunteers had one mission:

By November the volunteer rush became a torrent: An estimated 40,000 men and women from 53 nations left home to defend the Republic. For the only time in history, a volunteer force of men and women from all over the world came together to fight for an ideal: democracy. The volunteers brought a message that ordinary people could resist fascist militarism

In the United States some 2,800 young men and women of different races and backgrounds formed the “Abraham Lincoln Brigade.” Seamen and students, farmers and professors, they hoped that their bravery could turn the tide, or at last alert the world to the fascist drive for world domination. Most made their way to Spain illegally as “tourists” visiting France.

The truth: what they were joining was a Comintern army, put together by the NKVD’s international apparatus and the Communist International, and controlled and run by Stalin.

Rather than the mythical “good war” depicted by Katz and the propagandists, it was put together to help Spain fall under Soviet control, and to put into power a regime that would be the model for the post-World War II “people’s democracies” and that would be given limited military aid until such time as Britain and France might change their policy and unite with the Soviets in a new world alliance.

You will not find anywhere in Katz’s article — which continually heralds the volunteers’ anti-fascism — that during the Nazi-Soviet Pact, their Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade adopted the slogan “The Yanks are Not Coming!” Or that its leaders gave speeches condemning the warmongering of Franklin Roosevelt and the British, and depicted Nazi Germany as a benign power that was not a threat to the Western nations. Of course, their anti-fascism returned as soon as Germany invaded the Soviet Union, and Stalin again demanded an overnight change in the party line.

The left continues to present its ideologically determined view of the past as a tool to inspire today’s naïve and uneducated young activists, many of them taught these falsehoods by leftist professors at major universities. Their project is to mine history for heroes and martyrs, even if the heroes they praise turn out to be not heroes at all, and their martyrs actually guilty. Those of us who respect the truth have an obligation not to leave history to them.

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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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