This world is a vale of tears. Don’t expect justice in it. The wicked flourish like a green bay tree. The good are doomed to be continually betrayed and disappointed. The best we can hope for is that a balance between different masters, between greater and lesser evils, will allow the humble to enjoy a moderate temporary prosperity. Analyze your way to that clearing in the jungle as best you can.
==Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism (Burnham, James)
History is always perverted and bent by the propensities of almost all historians to bed to the will of the power structure. When added into the mix of the difficulties of objectivity from a truly independent mind, history as we know it, particularly that which is interpreted and reinterpreted over increasing distance is always suspect, but even more so under a government and elite that is increasing its stranglehold on socially acceptable thought, Fascism is not just a socioeconomic system over-empowering government and corporation in a crony capitalist/socialist and coercively enforced balance, it is a state of mind.
The prominent myths of American history serve only the interest of the elite as an extraordinarily effective mechanism of propaganda. Doubt most everything mainstream. All governments lie, ours more than most. Those that serve to interpret history and wish to maintain their tenure or even achieve reasonable success in the congested market where competitive ideas are increasingly buried will rationalize history to achieve success, in many cases without even realizing how polluted their minds have become with the accepted memes of the ruling classes.
In an article on April 13, I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was not fighting the North for control of the government in Washington. As for the matter of slavery, all of Lincoln’s statements prove that he was neither for the blacks nor against slavery. Yet he has been turned into a civil rights hero, and a war of northern aggression, whose purpose Lincoln stated over and over was “to preserve the union” (the empire), has been converted into a war to free the slaves.
As for the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln said it was “a practical war measure” that would help in defeating the South and would convince Europe, which was considering recognizing the Confederacy, that Washington was motivated by “something more than ambition.” The proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy, not in the Union. As Lincoln’s Secretary of State put it: “we emancipated slaves where we cannot reach them and hold them in bondage where we can set them free.” –