Three Ways to Know History

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The de-industrialization of the U.S. took place about a generation after the de-industrialization of the United Kingdom. Industrialization has since (magically!) moved on to China and places to the east and south. Treaties and agreements like GATT and NAFTA took US manufacturing and industrial jobs without so much as one Zuccotti “occupy Pittsburgh” or Detroit. Why did this happen?

Scholar and writer Anthony Sutton said there are there not three ways of reading and understanding history: the establishment version of history, which is what most believe is true; the revisionist level which is more in-depth but based on documents/facts which come only from the establishment and the third way which is to actually investigate on our own to find out what occurred.

For example, I was taught, at the university level,  that the French Revolution was a predominantly a grass roots movement of angry, organized peasantry against the excess of monarchy. But it was actually an internal division among the French elite. The Duc D’Orleans kick-started the whole thing by paying aristocrats to dress as peasants and carry torches to Versailles. Or how about in the 1920s and 1930s – it was American industrialists who created the economic infrastructure of the Soviet Union; building factories and an industrial base that far exceeded, in scale, what was being built in the United States. Why was I not taught this?  Who benefited?

How do I start to know history –  real history? And what good will it do, if I do? I believe that if I know history – what really happened – I can explain the validity and reasonableness of a Living Income Guaranteed. I believe that the degree of cognitive dissonance – the difference between what we see and know to be true and what we are told is true– is so great that most opt for a consumer high, an autistic retreat into a gadgets and games – or back off from practical solutions in favor of the religious and spiritual – consumerism with a halo, if you will.

The majority of the world is waiting, most without running water or decent food. They are waiting for people like you and me – those who can and willing to create a world of decency for all.

I want to investigate what really happened; what we have really created.

Are you with me?

 

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