Those of us who attended school when that meant actually learning instead of ‘exploring feelings’, when learning meant actually acquiring new knowledge which we could and would be asked about; when spelling and grammar was not optional, when handwriting had to be legible or else; when multiplication tables had to be rattled down by heart, the capitals of important countries had to be known and placed approximately where they belonged on a blank map, just as river names had to be known by heart and one was asked to draw them in on a blank map – in those good old days History with a very capital “H” was about lists of kings and queens, the dates of their reigns, their battles, their adversaries – and for good measure who killed whom.
One could dissect plants and frogs, one could make stinks in chemistry, one could find out about electricity, making sparks …
The drawback of course was that the old teachers always controlled that one had actually learned what they taught: stand in front of the class and recite, or draw on the blackboard – and usually sit down covered in shame … (that’s me, in Maths …)
But already, the rot had set in imperceptibly and kept spreading silently, so that in today’s schools, History is about imagining what one would’ve ‘felt like’ as slave, rather than about what actually happened. For example, if and when there’s actually a bit about the Royal Navy being taught, it’s never about how ordinary men – not aristocrats – could climb to the top of the ladder, on merit. It’s instead about poor little tykes sent to sea age 12 as midshipmen: omigawd, child labour! Or it is about seamen being flogged – the horror! – for small criminal acts, overlooking the fact that on land, people were hanged for those same acts.
We like to think that the distortion of what is taught, through the interference of Cultural Marxism, is an invention by the International Left, dating back to the fall of Russia – or perhaps it has its roots in the Trade Union movement of the later Industrial Revolution – Marx and Engels, right? – and so it’s all our fault, really, anyway, like the doctrine of ‘White Guilt’, because our forefathers were such horrible Imperialists and capitalists, all of them.
It reaches back further than the last century – but the culprits or ‘inventors’ were the same chattering classes: who else could it have been! Those chatterati, like today’s, lived in the equivalent of today’s Westminster Bubble: attached to Parliament, the Press, the booksellers. And of course – how could it have been otherwise – their voices, coming from lives as sheltered as today’s Quislingtonia, influenced academia.
In those olden days, people wrote letters, not e-mails, and they wrote books. These all survived, to delight today’s lefty ‘historians’. The tradition of denigrating Great Men is a long and cherished one in English Higher Education. And just as today, any sexual ‘escapades’ were viewed with utter moral disgust and taken to indicate the unworthiness of a Great Man. Or a Great Woman, for that matter.
While the Victorians did not yet – quite – denounce former Kings, the root for the rot was laid down in their times. Lord Acton who said that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, added: “Great men are almost always bad men.”
We can also observe the covert disgust with all things English, expressed in admiration for British enemies. The fertile soil raising the Cambridge spies, Philby et al, is not a modern aberration! During the Napoleonic wars, lots of Englishmen made no secret of their admiration for Napoleon, and the Whigs fought tooth and nail in Parliament to oppose the War against him. Wellington had to spend much of his time during the Peninsular War to get money for his troops and their victualling. While some still bleat today how disgusting it was that the then nascent Rothschilds provided funds, they never bleat about the way Napoleon and his troops lived off the conquered lands. It was called ‘going on the maraude’ – i.e. small groups of soldiers went and robbed (and killed) the peasants nearby and not-so-near by, taking their animals and grains for themselves, and never mind leaving starving people in their wake. Well, the result of such ‘maraude’ played one huge part in the downfall of the Grande Armée on the retreat from Moscow: there was nothing there to feed them: scorched earth … and served them right.
Today’s Cultural Marxists have had it easy: they found the ground well prepared by earlier generations – generations of the same mental provenience as themselves, even though the modern-day lot denounce their predecessors as being too bourgeois, even aristocratic … too ‘white’.
A people which tears up its History, which levels down the achievements of its historical Great Men, which belittles them because their sexual behaviour didn’t conform to the latest edicts from the snowflakery populating our social media – that people has nothing left to fall back on when times get hard.
That people will have lost the understanding of what made it great, it will have lost the connection to its own cultural roots, and will therefore show no resistance when an enemy invades.
After all, what is there to defend? They haven’t been taught … they have forgotten … and what they do remember is denounced as bad and unworthy.
That is exactly what the machinators building their New World Order want.
And that is why, dear friends, History with a capital ‘H’ is not boring but necessary for our survival.
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