Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Peggy Noonan on Losing History

Posted by M. C. on January 8, 2018

I worry about a future where everyone gets their education from Hollywood and comedy news programs (which include CNN, Fox, et al).

There is a “based on a true story” movie “He Walked By Night” where Richard Basehart is a loner/no girlfriend LA criminal that escapes police via storm sewers. The finale is a big underground shootout and chase thru the sewers ala The Third Man. In reality his girlfriend turned him in and the cops woke him from a sound sleep and arrested him. Fake news from 1947.

The progressives have had a lot longer to muddle history.

Why does all this matter? Because we are losing history. It is not the fault of Hollywood, as they used to call it, but Hollywood is a contributor to it.When people care enough about history to study and read it, it’s a small sin to lie and mislead in dramas. But when people get their history through entertainment, when they absorb the story of their times only through screens, then the tendency to fabricate is more damaging.

Those who make movies and television dramas should start caring about this.

It is wrong in an age of lies to add to their sum total. It’s not right. It will do harm.

Why should people who make movies and television start caring about all this at this late date? They never have before.

The main problem is not the people who make television series and movies. The main problem is the history professors who write textbooks for public high schools and the mostly tax-funded universities. The liberal mindset that has dominated Hollywood since 1960 has dominated American academia since at least 1900.

When it comes to historical accuracy, there isn’t much of it when it comes to a discussion of civil government. Those who write today’s textbooks have been trained in institutions that have been funded by the state. Even in the institutions that have not been funded by the state, they are licensed and regulated by the state, especially in the area of accreditation. Keynesianism and the foreign-policy of the Council on Foreign Relations have dominated academia for as long as they have dominated policy-making in Washington.

Yet even this is understating the case. The victors write the textbooks…

Be seeing you


I am not a number. I am a free man!-Number 6


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