Did you know France started the Franco-Prussian War? I didn’t until a few days ago, and I know more about military history than most people.
The Wiki explanation is that Bismarck provoked France into attacking, but how is that an excuse? France preemptively attacked at fear of the increased power of a unified Germany. They lost, and lost territory, and Germany was understandably wary of this aggressive and stupid neighbor. The made plans to preemptively attack if another preemptive attack seemed imminent, and so came World War I, and the rest of the horrors of the 20th century.
As Americans we are taught that the English are always the good guys, that the expansion of English or English-speaking military, political and economic power across the world is always a good thing. Because “our” way- the English way- is the best.
David Frum writes in the Atlantic that we should consider what would happen if Germany had won World War I. He takes the normal Anglo-centric perspective. But how much better yet if World War I had never happened?
All historical events are both linear, coming one after the other, and parallel. It all mixes together, but without WWI you don’t have the Russian Revolution, and without the Franco-Prussian War you don’t have WWI. Without the French Revolution you don’t have the Franco-Prussian War, and you don’t have the French Revolution with the American Revolution. Without the American Revolution you don’t have the French Revolution and you don’t have the American Revolution without the English “Glorious” Revolution and you don’t have that without the English Civil War.
The English people, we are told- which means the English upper classes who can’t tolerate anyone above them- love democracy- which means the English upper classes running things through a corrupt and manipulated political system with “checks and balances” so the riff-raff don’t make too much trouble. The English people, we are told- which, yes, means the English upper classes- love independent thought and creativity, which means faggotry and ridiculous ideas about humanity violating natural law.
As Americans our minds are so filled with garbage we don’t know shit from Shinola. Clearing these misconceptions is the first step to knowing or doing anything.