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by Christopher Chantrill
May 03, 2006 at 9:26 pm
FOR SOME TIME the French and the Germans have felt that they needed to get together to smooth over the differences they have had over the years. What better way than to write a high-school textbook together?
And what better way to cement Franco-German friendship than to fill the book with anti-American bile?
The textbook, published today, was ordered in 2003 by President Chirac of France and Gerhard Schröder, then Chancellor in Germany, according to Adam Sage in the London Times. Starting in 1945, the history soon gets to work on
the Cold War, where the US and the USSR are presented as broadly equivalent in moral terms.
Both were engaged in an arms race described as the balance of terror and both sought to impose themselves by an omnipresent propaganda that involved gross exaggerations and simplifications.
Actually the Germans, bless their hearts, didnt really like all this Yank-bashing. They tried to tone things down a bit.
German historians had insisted upon softening the message with sentences such as: Some people, notably in Germany, consider the US to be a power which defends democracy in a world where the UN is not always able or willing to do it.
But not those those blood-curdling Gaulish warriors! They wouldnt write a mamby-pamby sentence like that.
Still theres a bright side to all the America-bashing. The next volume in the book deals with the 18th century up to 1945, during which the French spent a lot of time marching their armies through GermanyFrench-occupied Germany, as they call it in The Brothers Grimm. And they can end Volume II with the lovely spectacle of the French settling down contentedly to Nazi occupation after the shameful defeat of quarante.
Hey, it could have happened to anyone.|
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization