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Ban the Books, Full Steam Ahead

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We have learned from a Freedom of Information Act that Mitch Daniels, while sitting governor of Indiana, requested that the writings of historian Howard Zinn be expunged from all Indiana classrooms in 2010, as well as “liberal propaganda.”

“This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away,” Daniels wrote. “The obits and commentaries mentioned his book, `A People’s History of the United States,’ is the `textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.’ It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.

“Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”

If you don’t know who Howard Zinn is, you should do some research. He is a man who tried to explore the side of history from the perspective of the “other”, or in his own words, a look at history “from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated…”

I am still trying to digest the notion that the Brothers Koch, A.K.A. , the evil brothers hell-bent on destroying the world for their profit, are probably going to get their “Kochtapus” tentacles around 8 major newspapers. This will enable them to spread their special brand of laissez- faire business ideas, A.K.A., Robber Barons Redux, to many more eyeballs. But this little tidbit about Daniels is just as scary and revealing about the direction that the authoritarian wing-nuts want to take us.

It doesn’t surprise me that these right-wads want to control the minds and hearts of the public. Bubbles the chimp could figure out that the radical right game plan is to dumb-down the electorate, one news outlet at a time (you don’t think Fox is a bunch of propagandist, lying asshats? Go here for proof). The party that flails about like wind-chimes during a hurricane over the “Constitution” and “small government” needs desperately to suppress facts and knowledge which doesn’t fit their narrative that corporations should be able to do whatever the hell they want and not get taxed along the way. Academics like Zinn who don’t comport with their jingoistic narratives are a threat.

Thinkers…a threat. It really is that simple.

The only way to fight annoying scientists and scholars who use facts and research is to take control of what people can read and learn. Can Daniels refute anything he has written based on facts? I doubt it. Zinn had his own biases to be sure, however, without his perspective, history truly is written only by the victors with their own gargantuan biases, and very often, a  misstatement of the facts by co-mission and omission. That is why Mitch Daniels cannot allow Zinn’s revisionist history to be disseminated to the youth of America.

And that is what is wrong today.


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