THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 582, August 8, 2010
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On 1 September 2006, Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo published an online review of Jim Powell's Bully Boy: The Truth About Theodore Roosevelt's Legacy.
See [link] for Dr DiLorenzo's review, from which I quote:
It takes a bit of balls as well as some brains for an academic to get into scholarly historical revisionism. As Richard Lindzen (MIT) has observed, there is a sort of "iron rice bowl" effect in which those whose prominence and pelf depend upon the publish-or-perish model defend the myths upon which they have predicated their careers. Roosevelt the First (good old Teddy) has pretty much the same amount of the myth-making machinery around him as Ashurbanipal or Thor.
Or maybe that ought to be Nyarlathotep.
Anyhow, the tenured and entrenched sustainers of the official and approved set of frauds which make up American History in the schools resent factually supported challenges every bit as much as do the career popularity contest types whom we call "politicians."
After all, you can't baffle 'em with bullshit if people like Mr. Smith and Dr. DiLorenzo and Jim Powell keep hosing it away.
During the last week, I found another example that Richard Bartucci, author of "On Plagiarism" might find interesting in answer to his question, "Has anybody ever before developed an idea of what might happen...?"
Crossroads of Destiny by H. Beam Piper, Fantastic Universe Science Fiction July 1959.
A short story of a history professor meeting producers in the club car of a train coming up with a TV show, which would feature one event in history being different than the way history turned out, and how that might change things. Columbus getting his ships from Henry of England is an example given.
Then an oddly dressed gentleman says,
"Zees'ow you sayzees alternate probabeelitay; eet ees a theory zhenerally accept' een zees countree?"
Later, after getting a hold of an American 1 dollar bill the strangely-dressed man had dropped that didn't have the right portrait, or color, the protagonist muses,
Alternate American history, dead George Washington, involuntary travel between "alternate probabeelitay"?
Who, indeed, could ever had developed that idea, or made money from it, but H. Beam Piper?
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I say we send them all back where they came from:
Peace and Liberty,
Following up on my article last week about what the lefty-trendies are calling the "legacy media", our readers might find the following Gallup Poll interesting:
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