A bit of a wanker
- Sep 20, 2018
- Cat Country (Can't Stop Here)
- SL Rez
I think you guys all missed this one. Nostrildermatitis has given up residence in the 19th century and moved pretty far into the future if there are "like a handful of racists in the country now...". This is great news and I can only surmise there are only a few dozen "racially pure" racists left in the whole country. Oddly, they remain Republicans. Everyone else is some shade of brown or black... though purple is gaining.I'm all for being less racist but as far as I know there are like a handful of racists in this country now, it's been going in the right direction.
I'm bored, so I'll play.Glad to see the spirit of free speech is still alive on these forums, as long as it's politically correct. If you have a library of history books their value has recently gone through the roof, especially ones written before the 70s or 80s when the left started to make major progress in rewriting them. Tearing down the statues, especially the one related to Lincoln paid for by freed slaves, is akin to burning books and you know what they say, where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people.
I love the way people think that if something’s old and out of print or rare that it automatically becomes a collectors item.I'm bored, so I'll play.
First, I do, in fact, have a small library of history books, and I sometimes add to it, as and when new ones are published,
I'm delighted to learn that the value of some of the older titles may recently, as you put it, have "gone through the roof," since I'm planning to pay to have my living room redecorated soon and it's a very pleasant surprise to learn that I may be able to pay for some of this by selling a few of them.
Could you please give me an indication of which titles have recently appreciated in value in the way you describe, and point me to where I can check prices myself, to see what my collection is now worth?
Second, please explain how removing a statue is akin to burning books, particularly if the statue is then displayed somewhere else -- a museum, for example -- rather than destroyed.
After the collapse of the USSR, you will recall, a fair amount of public statuary depicting Lenin, Stalin, and other leading Communists was removed all over the former Warsaw Pact and former USSR.
In what way was that akin to a book-burning, would you say, and what's your view on the controversy about Moscow's Iron Felix statue? Or the one that used to be in middle of Warsaw until it was toppled by a mob during the collapse of the Socialist government there in 1989?
(One of my Polish friends had mixed feelings about the Warsaw one -- after all, he said, for all his faults, Dzerzhinsky was nevertheless responsible for the deaths of more Russian communists than any other Pole in history, which probably deserved commemorating somehow. But not in a public square in the middle of Warsaw).
Why stop at statues? We should be doing everything to expose and vilify all the racist Democrats. In fact we should start with some of the worst of the bunch such as Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott, and Ronald Reagan. That last one is especially bad when you consider that when the Democratic party started treating people with the smallest modicum of decency he proclaimed, "I did not leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me."
I accumulate old tools, but then I use them, or make toolboxes to loan out to people who don't have any. But I have no misconceptions that they are worth more than a buck or two each if I tried to sell them.I love the way people think that if something’s old and out of print or rare that it automatically becomes a collectors item.
I was told the same thing about my dad’s record collection (classical and opera), When I went to inquire I was told there was no call for them,
History is an academic discipline, with its own rules and procedures. Teaching it in schools means getting pupils to read historical documents critically, assess interpretations of past events and processes intelligently, and make up their own minds about key historical topics so that, at the very least, they will emerge as independently thinking citizens when they leave school.
It is not the same as memory – not individual memory, that is, but national, or collective, or cultural memory. Nor is history a matter of awarding ticks and crosses to the people of the past, canonising some as heroes and damning others as villains. Arguing about whether the British empire was a Good Thing or a Bad Thing is puerile and has nothing to do with the serious study of the past: such crude moralising should have been disposed of forever by WC Sellar and RJ Yeatman’s withering satire on the school history textbooks of their own day, 1066 and All That (1930).