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October 12, 2020

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Too Much Edukation

My academic achievements in political economy and political science are quite good. 3.6 GPA. I admit it was all a bit textbook at the time. Lately the lessons are bubbling up from my memory. I would be very curious to hear exactly what the hell BillyBob is talking about when he claims distance between Marxism and Leftists. I am all ears.

Joe

We are a week away from Columbus Day and the Millbrae city council has this to say https://bit.ly/3A4hRuE:

In other business, the (Millbrae) council approved a new flag policy for those flown on city flag poles.

The new policy will allow for flags representing Black History Month in February, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, Pride Month in June, Hispanic Heritage Month in September, Native American Heritage Month in November, as well as Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
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Do you see anything missing for October?

Cassandra

E pluribus unum

The flag thing gets this exactly wrong.

Joe

Happy Columbus Day everyone. Here are some thoughts provided by the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (www.copomiao.org)

Columbus Condemned Slavery - He never bought, sold or owned any slaves

Columbus Championed Indigenous Rights - He protected Tainos from the Caribs and Canibs that practiced slavery and human sacrifice.

Columbus never tortured the native populations - this is a lie in the book by Howard Zinn.

There is plenty more at the web site noted above. Check it out. Ciao.

Christopher Cooke

Hey Joe, Gary Kasparov, the chess champion, Russian dissident and human rights activist, has a guest column in the WSJ published 10/10 that you might enjoy.

Christopher Cooke

On Columbus and why he should be recognized with a holiday (sorry I posted too soon)

Joe

Thanks, Christopher. I read Kasparov's piece while traveling that day and forgot to double back with a few snippets. Here are a couple:

His incredible feats of exploration were due to individual qualities that Americans should find admirable, and once did in near unanimity. Holding historical figures to modern standards of morality is a method of anti-historical political control—much like the pseudohistory I grew up being taught in the Soviet Union.

Columbus taught himself Latin to study ancient and medieval manuscripts for clues about the circumference of the globe and his prospective journeys. True, his calculations were wildly off, overestimating the size of Asia and underestimating the size of the globe. But he also knew that he had to make the mission sound easier, like any startup seeking venture capital. Columbus yearned to fulfill the prophecy of Seneca’s Medea: “An age will come after many years when the Ocean will loose the chains of things, and a huge land lie revealed.” And so he did, in four remarkable voyages that charted and changed the world.

Revisionism has a vital role in history, as we discover new information and apply new insights to past events. There should be no place for whitewashing and jingoism in the service of a supposedly patriotic agenda—or any agenda. We must teach the good and the bad of our leaders, our founders, our heroes and saints.

The call for objectivity applies also to those who would judge a 15th-century European who took outrageous risks and performed incredible feats of exploration to advance modern civilization. Humanism and the Enlightenment were still two centuries away.

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