It’s back to school time, and you know what that means.
“Why, children, where would we be without our wise public servants? You’d all be working in mines for ten cents a day, and the rest of us would be dead from poisoned sandwiches or exploding computer monitors.”
Suppose Walmart funded and administered the schools, with portraits of the the various Walmart CEOs smiling benignly upon the children from the classroom wall, and students taught to credit these men for every good thing about America.
We’d find that creepy.
But when it’s U.S. presidents on the wall, and the U.S. government credited with all that’s good and decent, that natural skepticism goes right out the window.
No doubt millions of kids are about to learn that the free market caused the Great Depression, and that “greed” explains financial crises. (Why aren’t we constantly in a financial crisis, then?)
They’ll learn that the New Deal restored the economy, even though unemployment remained in the double digits throughout the 1930s.
They won’t be told how the New Deal’s suspension of the antitrust laws to create cartels and artificially prop up prices made economic sense, or why slaughtering millions of pigs or paying farmers to plow their cotton back into the ground could have made people better off.
They’ll learn about the “robber barons” and “monopoly” in the 19th century. This will be mostly fact free, as I’ve noted on my show and in my books.
I myself remember leaving junior high school wondering how anyone could favor a laissez-faire economy. Why, haven’t they seen those pictures of terrible working conditions? That was as far as I was capable of taking the analysis.
Students will likewise learn that political decentralization is backward, stupid, and oppressive, and that centralized government is liberating.
This despite the fact that states used the power of nullification against the federal government in defense of free speech and free trade, and in opposition to slavery and unconstitutional searches and seizures.
State nullification will be portrayed as a “Confederate” cause, even though New England appealed to it more often than the South did, and even though Jefferson Davis denounced northern nullification of fugitive slave laws in his farewell speech to the Senate.
I’m not a Rush Limbaugh fan, but his best line of all time, uttered after being told that his show ought to give the other side equal time, is this: “I am equal time.”
I can’t do anything about teachers who are dead set on inflicting comic-book history on hapless kids. Same for the professors who are gearing up to do it in college.
But I can provide the truth to people who want it. I can inoculate you and your children against this foolishness.
Let me be blunt: almost no one knows even the small sprinkling of history in just this email.
There are volumes and volumes more where that came from. Listen on your commute, and make that time productive.
The world’s only hope: