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  •  History is woefully undertaught and context is (9+ / 0-)

    never given in corporate media.  Seeing why things are the way they are via the "sins of the fathers" you get a whole new perspective that the powerful do not want you to have.

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
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    by The Dead Man on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 03:53:19 PM PDT

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    •  I shudder to think how TX will 'teach' Iraq War (13+ / 0-)

      For all the grief that some liberals give the late Harvard professor Sam Huntington, he had the courage and tenacity to publicly state, soon before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq: "If this isn't a war of imperialism, then what is?!"

    •  One of my favorite teachers (10+ / 0-)

      in high school was fired for teaching the bloody colonial history of Veit Nam. My son's history text book was a disgraceful piece of propaganda from beginning to end, from the history of Native Americans to the Viet Nam war. I shudder to think of how US history is told nowadays.  

      •  old fashioned journalism as civil disobedience (4+ / 0-)

        "I never thought that I would live to see the day when old-fashioned journalism would be a form of civil disobedience" from William Sloane Coffin. Quoted in Ron Suskind's "The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11", page 349

        Here is some info from wiki on Coffin

        William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (June 1, 1924 – April 12, 2006) was an American liberal Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ.

        In his younger days he was an athlete, a talented pianist, a CIA agent, and later chaplain of Yale University, where the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr's social philosophy led him to become a leader in the civil-rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He also was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones.

        He went on to serve as Senior Minister at the Riverside Church in New York City, and President of SANE/Freeze (now Peace Action), the nation's largest peace and justice group, and prominently opposed United States military intervention from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. He was also an ardent supporter of gay rights.

        •  I was at Yale at the time. One of the highlights (2+ / 0-)
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          was the debates between Coffin and William F. Buckley, Jr. also of Yale and Skull and Bones. Buckley was known at that time as an apologist for White Supremacy and for Joe McCarthy, and as the author of God and Man at Yale. Naturally, he became the intellectual leader of the Republican Party, famed for his moderation in comparison with the John Birchers.

          Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

          by Mokurai on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:28:06 AM PDT

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          •  Buckley basically ran the Birchers (1+ / 0-)
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            out of the Republican party and out of polite society. Now that he is gone, the Birchers have returned with a vengeance. The Koch Brothers' late father was one of the JBS' founders.

            Never mind that David H. Koch ran AGAINST Reagan/Bush in 1980 as the VP candidate of the Libertarian Party. The Republicans have been the successful target of a hostile corporate takeover; Ronald Reagan would never be able to win the Republican nomination today.

    •  I particularly remember that the narrative (2+ / 0-)
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      about the ferocity of the rebellion in Congo was put down to native savagery, with no hint of the savagery of the Belgian regime that provoked it.

      Not very long after, Dick Gregory joked that the reason the US didn't send any Black soldiers to help restore "peace" in Congo was war brides.

      Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

      by Mokurai on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:21:41 AM PDT

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