Still don’t think we’re at war with internal socialism?
Let me disabuse you of that notion, then. “Socialist history curriculum strides toward Philadelphia schools”:
City council members in Philadelphia have given the go-ahead to a resolution to allow a socialist historian’s view of America, via his “A People’s History of the United States,” to be part of the public high school curriculum.
The book, by Howard Zinn, looks at American history through the lens of the working people, and of women and minorities, and tracks the various social movements — including the advent of labor unions — that have shaped government reform and policy.
The resolution still needs the approval of the superintendent and school board for the curriculum to be adopted.
The resolution also states: “Council does hereby recognize the need for students to be taught an unvarnished, honest version of U.S. history that empowers students to differentiate between moments that have truly made our country great versus those that established systemic inequality, privilege, and prejudice which continue to reinforce modern society’s most difficult issues.”
The book is controversial among conservative circles. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, for instance, spoke openly of his disdain for its content, arguing that the book did not belong in public school classrooms, The Daily Caller said. Mr. Daniels said of the book: “We must not falsely teach American history in our schools. Howard Zinn, by his own admission a biased writer, purposely falsified American history.”
What you conservatives — along with Zinn himself — call “bias,” the left, along with Zinn himself, would suggest is nevertheless “truthiness.” And besides, no history can be told without bias. So therefore, the need to try has been obviated. And you can’t really fault Mr Zinn for going whole hog batshit leftist, can you, nor the Council from giving it a go ahead, in an intellectual milieu that grants nearly equal privilege to all competing narratives, as if by virtue of having an opinion, “respect” demands it be granted an equal consideration.
Distinguishing between competing narratives is imperialist. Competition is anti-egalitarian. And relativism is the soothing bromide that lets us all — dumb, smart, ignorant, education, liars, truth tellers — share an equal voice in chronicling our history.
What really happening, after all, is less important than how people have come to feel about it.
Stick a fork in us. If we are now to the point where we can force kids to learn socialism in schools from which the government won’t let them escape, than the long march is over. And we’re done.