Notes, Riggenbach, Rivisionism

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Why American History Is Not What They Say, An Introduction to Revisionism, Jeff Riggenbach

This is so good. I can’t believe how good. I’d thought I’d read some of this, but at the moment I’m not recognizing anything (not counting the Shaw and Mencken quotes).

Quotes, ‘Any time I read anything in the paper that I know anything about, it’s wrong.’

In short, “stories are not lived; there is no such thing as a real story. Stories are told or written, not found. And as for the notion of a true story, this is virtually a contradiction in terms. All stories are fictions. Which means, of course, that they can be true only in a metaphorical sense and in the sense in which a figure of speech can be true.”

imposing the unity of mind on the diversity of things.

Wonderful on “the intellectual class”, p 60
It is the intellectual class, Hayek contends, that exercises the greatest influence in “shaping public opinion.”
Whether we shall ever learn of the results of the work of the expert and the original thinker depends mainly on their decision.

each generation revises history to accord more closely with its own particular values and preoccupations

Lincoln tells his Secretary of State, William H. Seward. “In order that this Union survive, I have found it necessary to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, but only in the military zone.”
pk sputters, habeas corpus is a privilege?!?
Jeez, I’m glad I didn’t study law!

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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