The Lies We Have Been Told

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.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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6 Responses to The Lies We Have Been Told

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  2. Hizzle says:

    “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.”

    I think it’s a frankly impossible task. There are so many unchallenged assumptions, buried so deep. Weird (and useless) historical perspective from Frum. Great minds have been wondering how exactly the First World War came about for decades, and there is no satisfactory answer. I tend to go with the Michael Herr (“Dispatches”) theory of war, that it’s like weather. It’s sometimes unstoppable and impossible to rationally understand. It just happens.

    Liberals and paleos both believe it’s a money making scheme, but that explains nothing about the individual experience (or attraction to) war.

  3. Ryu says:

    Education is a long and largely thankless job. To make a good WN takes at least 5 years. I don’t think education will save us. Logic is for the few, emotion for the many. Only a few are suited for educational paths.

    • So what emotions do we arouse in people to make them white nationalists?

      The idea of appealing to the emotions has been condemned since the Greeks, as far as I can tell. It’s crude to pander to the mob, far loftier to philosophize and reason.

      And yet all our enemies do is pander emotionally to their mob. We need our own propaganda program, to set peoples’ hearts on fire. If their minds can be trained as well, great, but we need hearts first.

      • icareviews says:

        Loftiness is a luxury when Europa’s problems are existential. Nobody gives a f*** about philosophers. If we’re to be saved, our savior – whether a movement, idea, or individual – will most likely come clothed in populism, perhaps even with a glitter-sprinkling of pop. Self-styled rightist-elitists who disparage popular appeal under any circumstances are rubbing their hands, cackling, and jeering at white survival.

  4. Madoc says:

    You might have forgotten to mention the Napoleonic Wars in the chain of events, but I’m assuming they were implied/included when you mentioned the French Revolution. I think that the Napoleonic Wars are to the Franco-Prussian war what WWI is to WWII.

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