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oncharredparchment:

I distinctly remember a particular conversation that occurred in my high school US history course.  The class had just reached the truncated section on the 80’s and onward, concluding by just barely touching the vague “possibilities and challenges of the New Millennium”, as if the calendar year actually has an influence on what happens during it.  One statement specifically from that conversation:

"Isn’t it odd how in just a few years, our children will be reading in textbooks about things that happened during our lives?"

Now the time frame may have been off, since if any of us had a child that day it would still have been close to two decades before they studied any of that material, but information that has come to my eyes lately suggests that this isn’t necessarily something we should look forward to.  Events in the past few years may not be covered at all, and if the pattern continues, they may not be covered well even if they are addressed.

It seems that there are certain events in history so controversial that they must be avoided altogether.  As mentioned in Lies My Teacher Told Me, the Vietnam War remains one of the most universally despised wars in American history.  Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight title was stripped from him because he refused to serve in the military, and his was just one of the more notable objections.  And although it has become a common reference in popular culture, especially during the 80’s, it is almost completely passed over in textbooks.

If your immediate response was, “We discussed Vietnam!  It was an anticommunist war where we tried to protect Vietnam from becoming ‘another China’!”  Well, you’d be right, but that’s not why the war is controversial.  The issue is not in what the textbooks say, it’s what they omit.

The Vietnamese civilians were firebombed constantly as a means of “retaking hostile territory”.  America and its supported government in South Vietnam were so hated that a Buddhist monk set himself on fire in protest (and others followed).  GI’s committed war crimes not since repeated by troops.  These acts are not justified by any political theory, but since “social studies” courses are designed to produce good citizens, not informed ones (what defines good, by the way?), textbooks skirt around the problems with American involvement.  And there’s another, potentially more important reason.

The theme of the century so far has been “tolerance”, not necessarily actual tolerance, else I would not use quotations.  This “tolerance” translates roughly into “nobody can offend anybody ever in any context”.  This poses significant issues.

The “War on Terrorism”, actually a series of wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, has taken a similar turn as Vietnam in that it is generally disliked (with a sect of the population that adamantly defends involvement, just like the Hawks of the Vietnam era).  Unlike Vietnam, actions and statistics from this more current war are not publicized, photographed, and televised to the same degree.  And it is not yet over, so today’s populace cannot look at the conflict with historical objectivity yet.

But the error in our approach to Vietnam is that we dodge analyzing the issue at all.  It is still so divisive of a conflict that textbooks worry about (it seems) inseminating ideas into students that might offend their parents (the students themselves are too young to recall the conflict).  Such analysis may provide context for demonstrating how blind nationalism could be counterproductive to our long-term interests, or that no nation is inherently “good” or “bad”.  It could also provide parallels for discussion when looking at our current war in Iraq.

The treatment of Vietnam has started a trend.  The Gulf War, which occurred in the last thirty years, is almost unmentioned.  The Lebanese Civil War, which we also acted in?  Ignored.  The Bosnian War?  Untouched.  The War on Terror?  The only thing discussed is the terrorist strike of 2001.  This foreshadows a period where students will learn nothing of the fifty years prior to their existence, instead making a hero of Columbus, Jefferson, and Lincoln and minimizing recent events.

Don’t think too highly about where your sons’ and daughters’ historical education is going.  You will most likely be disappointed.  The real question is, where will we be, when those of us who remember are no longer here to set them straight?

This is happening in the sciences, too.

It’s very interesting how this plays out in currents events. Remember how engrossed everyone was with Syria, Sochi, Ukraine—whatever happened to SOS Venezuela? The World Cup protests, Hong Kong…

Take Ferguson, for example. After the [socially mandatory] initial outrage, I was left completely indifferent. We’re expected to be completely up-to-date with whatever atrocity is going on in the world, but only so we can repeat the pre-approved Talking Points™. Within a few weeks, everyone moves on to the next news fad (in this case, ebola).

Altogether, it’s quite Orwellian.

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
Sallust (86 –35 BC) Roman Historian and Statesman. (via obitchuscaries)

durkin62:

feministroosterteeth:

I just cannot comprehend the amount of self-deception it takes to think that ‘female privilege’ genuinely exists. Is their reality really so warped that they look around and genuinely think that? It’s just incredible to me that MRAs and anti-feminists can have that little awareness of the world around them. If they were lying about it, that would be one thing, but they genuinely believe this shit.

Female privilege, you mean like not having to register for selective services? 

Or getting off light or prison sentences? Unequal prison sentences.  women receive lighter sentences and a higher chance of acquittal, simply for being women.

Or having academic favor? Boys get worse grades despite better test results. women receive more athletic scholarshipsBoys do worse in every facet of education including college enrollment. Female only programs. Boys more likely to flunk and drop out of school. Elementary schools are biases against boys.

Having domestic abuse laws that don’t discriminate against you? Male victims of domestic abuse have a 47% chance to be threatened by police, 35% of being completely ignored, and a 21% chance of being arrested themselves. Of the abused men who called domestic violence hotlines, 64% were told that they “only helped women.” In 32% of the cases, the abused men were referred to batterers’ programs. Another 25% were given a phone number to call that turned out to be a batterers’ program. A little over a quarter of them were given a reference to a local program that helped. Sixteen percent said the people at the hot line “dismissed or made fun of them.” In fiscal year 2015 the United States Government will grant Two Hundred and Twenty Two Million in Grants to Combat Violence against WomenNo money is earmarked to benefit males. None. Men are 3 times as likely to be arrested than the woman, when the man is the one reporting being abused. 

Actually having parental and reproductive rights? Inequalities in child support and custody.Man can be denied their children because the mother remarried. Women can put a child up for adoption without the fathers consent.  Male rape victims force to pay their rapists child support.  (x,xMothers get custody 84% of the time.  Arrested for paying too much child supportMothers can steal sperm and sue for child support.  Paternity fraud is rampant. In as many as 30% of cases, fathers are being forced to pay child support for children who are not theirs. (x)

Being less likely to be killed or commit suicide? Men are the victims of violence more often. Males commit suicide at over 3 times the rate of womenMen are 77% of homicide victims.  Men are over 90% of all work place deaths. Men are significantly more likely to be the victims of violent crime (of which rape is included) than women.

Mutilating your genitals being illegal? Circumcisions kills. Circumcision decreases sexual pleasureCircumcision policy is influenced by psychosocial factors rather than alleged health benefitsCircumcision linked to pain, trauma, and psychosexual sequelaeCircumcision may lead to abnormal brain development and subsequent deviations in behaviorCircumcision decreases penile sensitivityCircumcision associated with sexual difficultiesThe exaggeration of the benefits of circumcision in regards to HIV/AIDS transmissionCircumcision/HIV claims are based on insufficient evidenceThere is no case for the widespread implementation of circumcision as a preventative measure to stop transmission of AIDS/HIV

Living in a society that doesn’t laugh at your abuse, claim you can’t be abused, refuses to help you, claims you can’t be raped, blames you for your own rape and abuse.  Feminists shut down forum for battered husbands. Feminists blame males for their abuse. Feminists dismiss female child rapists.Feminists say men can’t talk about domestic abuse. Feminist Mary Koss denies male rape victims. Feminists say Men can’t be raped. Man raped and forced to pay child support. Feminists defend female raping minor. Feminist defends why fucking an 8 year old boy isn’t rape. Defining male rape victims out of existenceFeminists primary aggressor clause discriminates against males.Women commit domestic violence as often as men But only men get arrested for it. Feminists cover up female domestic abuse stats. Woman smashing bottle in mans face in public. Nobody gives a fuck. Jezebel mocks men who are abused. Female on male abuse in public is at best ignored, and at worst celebrated. Public stops a man from abusing a woman in public, same crowd laughs when the roles are reversed. No funding for male shelter. Hot lines refuse to help men. Founder of Canadas only male shelter for abuse forced to close due to lack of funding before committing suicide.  Female abusers ignored

theerinater:

The Girl Scouts needed to reform itself in the 90s. Why it put it off this long is due to the self-absorbed, politically driven leadership which doesn’t care a thing about the girls. 

I was a G.S. for 10 years. My mom was the troop leader, and our troop had about 15-20 girls for the first five years. It was a lot of fun, and most of the girl’s parents were involved because my Mom is really good at getting people involved in things. Well, the council was jealous because many troops struggle to get parent involvement, so they tried to force some of the girls into other troops by denying them membership. 

Then, another year we ended up selling the most girl scout cookies in our town out of all the troops, so they threw our troop out of the council into the neighboring one, meaning that we could not sell cookies in the immediate vicinity. So we didn’t sell cookies last year, and the council ordered just as many cookies as we sold thinking they could do just as good of a job, and they lost a lot of money that year. When we were finally allowed back into our council the next year, they had given away our troop number which we had held for seven years!

Ridiculous shit like this kept happening, where jealous moms undercut other moms or more successful troops. This happens on the town level and on the national level. Girl Scouts of America is truly one of the most corrupt organizations, and I have 10 years of experience to back that statement up.

And I thought BSA politics was annoying…

Bioshock used the term "petty morality" to refer to the beliefs of Andrew Ryan (Ayn Rand). They didn't do much research.

I mean, anything that shows an Objectivist sleeping with and then killing a stripper is intended as a smear job. Even Rorschach is a better portrayal.

jenlog:

vampmissedith:

"Making guns illegal will take guns off the street, that’s why nobody takes meth amirite!?"

So like … you’re saying we should legalize meth?

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betterdeadthancreepy:

soundmoney:

class-struggle-anarchism:

That pledge reminds me of those old school ‘church of satan’ style black mass prayers, where it’s like the Our Father but it’s got references to satan chucked in, like ‘our satan, who art in hell, infernal be thy name’

I’m offended by how unimaginative the Texas commie flag is.

Six String Samurai in real life, cool

Do commies ever get tired of the “bleed and piss” approach to graphic arts?

betterdeadthancreepy:

soundmoney:

class-struggle-anarchism:

That pledge reminds me of those old school ‘church of satan’ style black mass prayers, where it’s like the Our Father but it’s got references to satan chucked in, like ‘our satan, who art in hell, infernal be thy name’

I’m offended by how unimaginative the Texas commie flag is.

Six String Samurai in real life, cool

Do commies ever get tired of the “bleed and piss” approach to graphic arts?

kaarlie:

queerdontfear:

I’m sorry, but if lesbians can control themselves in a girls only changing room with ass naked woman waltzing around. Then I figure men should be able to control them selves with clothed girls walking down the street. Just a thought.

SHIT.

thefoolishshepherd:

Someone talk to me about the themes of the Bioshock series. Ojectivism, altruism, collectivism, american exceptionalism, racism and manifest destiny. There are so many fascinating, juicy themes here. Greed, prejudice, racial purity, choice and ethics. 

I’m letting my hardcore geek show but whatever. Get over here and talk to me about this stuff, it’s awesome.

Bioshock is an awful presentation of Objectivist ideas, jsyk.

laissezfairecapitalist replied to your post: I’m beginning to get bored of politica…

Then switch to one blog that does both like most conservative/libertarian bloggers

I’ve found there are some definite advantages to separate blogs, though. No commitments either way just yet.

I’m beginning to get bored of political blogging. It may be time for a break.

Would you say we've become a culture that praises and rewards degeneracy?
Anonymous

23claw:

To some degree I do believe that we have come to praise mediocrity. Perhaps it’s because people are more concerned with appeasing other people with regards to feelings rather than actual achievements. This is anything, from sucking up to celebrities who don’t even have an iota of talent only because their well known, to hiring in jobs due to what a person is rather than only selecting the best candidate for a job regardless if the number of people represented isn’t balanced or equal.
I think that achievements, talents, results, facts, etc. are given a back seat (not always) to what seems most fair, or most liked.
Perhaps it’s due to our fast culture of instant gratification, or the collapse of morality, and values which would mean placing a higher importance on what feels better, rather than what works.

new-age-conservative:

EconPop - The Economics of Elysium

eltigrechico:

they way these commies always threaten about “when the revolution comes” reminds me of the joke lenny bruce once made about governments and the atom bomb

The revolution, the revolution—oh, thank God for the revolution. The final threat is: “I’ll get my brother—the revolution.” Out of all the teaching and bullshitting, that’s the only answer they have.