RANT: IF history is falsified, then …

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/04/paul-craig-roberts/the-power-of-lies-can-be-broken/

The Power of Lies
By Paul Craig Roberts
PaulCraigRoberts.org
April 14, 2015

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The reason I am writing about this is to illustrate how history is falsified in behalf of agendas. I am all for civil rights and participated in the movement while a college student. What makes me uncomfortable is the transformation of Lincoln, a tyrant who was an agent for the One Percent and was willing to destroy any and every thing in behalf of empire, into a civil rights hero. Who will be next? Hitler? Stalin? Mao? George W. Bush? Obama? John Yoo? If Lincoln can be a civil rights hero, so can be torturers. Those who murder in Washington’s wars women and children can be turned into defenders of women’s rights and child advocates. And probably they will be.

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IF history is falsified, then …

… what can I believe.

Very simply, that which I can see and hear. Or that which I can “prove”.

The Earth may very well be flat, but there’s a lot of “evidence” that “proves” it isn’t.

Have to remember the difference between the “LAW of Gravity” and the “Theory of Evolution”,

Oh, and those things that the politicians and bureaucrats make up are not “laws”.

Calling a cat a lion doesn’t make it so. And visa versa.

Argh!

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One Response to RANT: IF history is falsified, then …

  1. Kenneth Almquist says:

    The Internet makes easier than it used to be to figure out who is falsifying history. For example, Paul Craig Roberts claims that Southern states seceded as the result of disagreement over tariffs, not slavery. But Jefferson Davis, in his April 1861 message to the Confederate Congress, says otherwise:

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    “Finally a great party was organized for the purpose of obtaining the administration of the Government, with the avowed object of using its power for the total exclusion of the slave States from all participation in the benefits of the public domain acquired by all the States in common, whether by conquest or purchase; of surrounding them entirely by States in which slavery should be prohibited; of thus rendering the property in slaves so insecure as to be comparatively worthless, and thereby annihilating in effect property worth thousands of millions of dollars. This party, thus organized, succeeded in the month of November last in the election of its candidate for the Presidency of the United States…..

    [By 1860], the productions of the South in cotton, rice, sugar, and tobacco, for the full development and continuance of which the labor of African slaves was and is indispensable, had swollen to an amount which formed nearly three-fourths of the exports of the whole United States and had become absolutely necessary to the wants of civilized man. With interests of such overwhelming magnitude imperiled, the people of the Southern States were driven by the conduct of the North to the adoption of some course of action to avert the danger with which they were openly menaced.”

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    How can you tell that Roberts is the one falsifying history here? Perhaps I just made this quote up. Or perhaps the quote is real, but comes from a passage where Davis says that tariffs were the primary reason for secession and is mentioning slavery merely as an additional impetus for secession. The answer is that you can click on one of the following links and read Davis for yourself:

    https://books.google.com/books?id=RKB2AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_m042961.asp

    [omitted:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=QCaXD41jlQcC&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63
    https://books.google.com/books?id=QWQxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA614&lpg=PA614
    ]

    Jefferson Davis is just one person (albeit the President of the Confederacy), so if you want to dig further, you can look at the reasons the states gave for secession. Here are links to the four most detailed:

    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_missec.asp
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_geosec.asp
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_texsec.asp

    Even when making the case for secession to nonslaveholders, secessionists did not talk a great deal about tariffs; instead they talked about how slavery benefitted people who didn’t own slaves. Here’s Stephen Fowler Hale:

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    If the policy of the Republicans is carried out according to the programme indicated by the leaders of the party, and the South submits, degradation and ruin must overwhelm alike all classes of citizens in the Southern States. The slave-holder and non-slave-holder must ultimately share the same fate; all be degraded to a position of equality with free negroes, stand side by side with them at the polls, and fraternize in all the social relations of life, or else there will be an eternal war of races, desolating the land with blood, and utterly wasting and destroying all the resources of the country. Who can look upon such a picture without a shudder? What Southern man, be he slave-holder or non-slave-holder, can without indignation and horror contemplate the triumph of negro equality, and see his own sons and daughters in the not distant future associating with free negroes upon terms of political and social equality, and the white man stripped by the heaven-daring hand of fanaticism of that title to superiority over the black race which God himself has bestowed?

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    Links:
    http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=moawar&cc=moawar&idno=waro0127&node=waro0127%3A2&view=image&seq=20&size=100
    http://civilwarcauses.org/hale.htm

    In short, if you are willing to spend a bit of time searching for the original documents, you can determine for youself that Roberts is falsifying history.

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