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Cycles of History Ignored – Canceling History

Historians have incessantly warned us not to disregard the lessons of history lest we repeat failures that could have been avoided.  Nevertheless, humanity has habitually and often flagrantly ignored past mistakes regardless of how costly or disastrous.  History, however, teaches us the valuable lesson that not everyone disregards the past.  Evil never sleeps.

In ancient times, when a people or nation was conquered, the new rulers obliterated the history of the vanquished.  Prior to the availability of printed books, history was passed from one generation to the next orally, on handwritten scrolls, or carved in stone on monuments and shrines.  The conquering armies routinely destroyed statues, sanctuaries, tombs, and any physical trace of the previous civilization.   

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens.

New King James Version (NKJV)

After Joseph saved the Egyptian people from famine, the Children of Israel were welcomed into Egypt and became valued members of Egyptian society.  Many years later, a tribe from the south conquered Egypt and, in a heartbeat, the Children of Israel became scapegoats and slaves to the new rulers.

Artist O. Von Corven interpretation of the Library of Alexandria based on archaeological evidence. Image: Public Domain.

During the Greek and Roman eras, books were handwritten but were often kept in libraries and used for education and study.  One of the most famous was the Library of Alexandria which was estimated to have contained over 500,000 books and documents and was home to over 100 scholars for many decades.  The library was burned to the ground during several wars and various periods of unrest.  Centuries of human history was lost forever.   

In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and books became available in greater numbers.  The result was an exponential growth in knowledge, education, science, and philosophy.  Literacy, formerly a privilege available only to the ruling class, suddenly became a dangerous tool that could be used by common folks to challenge the power and authority of the elite.

Tyrants, recognizing that an enlightened public is a risk to their authority, always attempt to control what information is available to the people and how it is disseminated.  Joseph Goebbels, the Reichsminister for Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, controlled all radio, press, cinema, and theater in Nazi Germany and regulated German culture.  His often-quoted philosophy of propaganda continues to be a tool used by diabolical dictatorial regimes:

  • A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth
  • Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.
  • Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.
  • The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
  • It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.
  • A law against hating Jews is usually the beginning of the end for the Jews.

Under Goebbels’ leadership, literature and books that did not promote and support the goals of the Nazi regime were burned in public events. 

The book burnings took place in 34 university towns and cities.  Works of prominent Jewish, liberal, and leftist writers ended up in the bonfires.  The book burnings stood as a powerful symbol of Nazi intolerance and censorship.  The Nazi University Student Association created blacklists of works by literary and political figures such as Bertolt Brecht, Erich Maria Remarque, and Ernest Hemingway that were to be thrown into the flames.  In the aftermath of the book burnings, the Nazi regime raided bookstores, libraries, and publishers’ warehouses to confiscate materials it deemed dangerous or “un-German.”

Author(s): United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
In a symbolic act of ominous significance, on May 10, 1933, university students burned upwards of 25,000 volumes of “un-German” books, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

German schools substituted indoctrination for education, and “truth” in public media was defined by the political needs of the regime.  Goebbels’ propaganda machine blamed Germany’s economic and social problems on the Jews, providing the Nazi regime with a convenient and familiar scapegoat for the Holocaust. 

Isn’t that exactly what is going on in our country today?  In order to force all of us to sign on to their agenda of a one-world collectivist tyranny, the elite globalists must first destroy American history, ignore the philosophy of our founders, and outlaw our foundational concepts of private property, self-protection, and individual rights.      

Fallen Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 10, 2020 (Public Domain)

American History is the anchor that binds each of us to American culture, and the collectivists are desperate to separate us from the traditions that guarantee our freedom.  They tear down our statues, falsely condemn dissent as racism, denounce our founders as white supremacists, refuse to teach true American History in schools, and ban books, films, television programs, and public figures at will, often for the most specious and ridiculous reasons.  These destructive actions are absolutely the same outrageous and barbaric behavior as German university students and Hitlerjungend burning books in the public square. 

And they dare to call us Nazis.  The sad truth is whatever radical progressives and the collectivist elite call us is exactly what they are doing.    

The ability to disseminate knowledge on a global scale via the Internet can grant even one single person the power to change the future of humanity either for the better or, unfortunately, for the worse. 

Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned, too.

19th-century poet Heinrich Heine

We can no longer sit idly by and allow the arrogant global elite to be the only voice heard.   

Resist Tyranny and Trust in Freedom !  

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3 Comments

  1. The difference I see here is in Germany they destroyed everything that was alien to Germany. We get rid of everything pertaining to America.

  2. Praying for our nation. Most of the people I personally know feel that everything is going to be ok…America will right itself…it always does…but in the past we have been sheltered under the wings of the Almighty…we have now ran away from Him. We have shut God out & few are willing to fight for Him.
    I hear three thoughts on the future. There are those who say we will have a great revival, like Samuel Rodriquez & many others. There are those who believe we have entered the beginning of sorrows, the end times, Kirt Schneider & John Kilpatrick who say we should be prepared for persecution. The third category are those who say we will be raptured before anything unpleasant happens….well, I know that idea is hogwash. I doubt at this point that our nation will fall into a great revival but it’s possible. It’s only possible if we are in such dire distress that we fall on our knees & beg God for mercy. Perhaps that will happen. Either way, God is with those of us who have accepted His Son, Jesus. If plagues continue, He will be with us in the “land of Goshen” as we watch & wait for Him.

  3. No, it’s not what is going on. History is in the pages of books and museums. Monuments celebrate. Taking down monuments to traitors is the right thing to do.

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