CRI February 2021 Resource

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Debunking Howard Zinn:

Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America

by Mary Grabar

Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has sold more than 2.5 million copies. It is a left-wing polemic assigned to high school and college classrooms to teach students that American history is nothing more than a litany of oppression, slavery, and exploitation. Zinn’s history is popular, but it is also massively wrong. Scholar Mary Grabar exposes just how wrong in this stunning book, which demolishes Zinn’s Marxist talking points that now dominate American education.

“Mary Grabar has done Americans and freedoms they have championed a great service by writing a definitive exposure of Zinn’s treasonous life, along with a damning refutation of his dishonest, malignant, and ignorant work.” —David Horowitz, founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center

“Zinn’s book has probably done more to poison the minds of high school students than any other work of history. Grabar provides an overdue anatomy of Zinn’s many errors and tendentious interpretations of the United States as an evil, racist empire.” —Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion and author of Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education

From Debunking Howard Zinn

“The biggest con job in American history writing ever”

“Even if Zinn’s book itself is not in the classroom, students are likely to be exposed to passages from it in other books; in lessons from the Zinn Education Project; in dozens of spin-off books and videos; and in the popular culture, in TV shows, movies, plays, protest events, and rock bands. As more than one historian has stated, Zinn has changed the way textbooks are written and the way history is taught. Simply put, Zinn’s People’s History of the United States is probably the biggest con job in American history writing ever.”

Knocking Lincoln off his pedestal

“Zinn wants to replace ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ — a true fact of history, learned by generations of Americans for a century — with the notion that Lincoln was a small-minded political operator who ‘skillfully’ blended ‘the interests of the very rich and the interests of the black’ and ‘link[ed] these two with a growing section of Americans, the white, up-and-coming, economically ambitious, politically active middle class.’ In other words, the Civil War didn’t so much free the slaves as enable bourgeois oppression. Only Zinn could present Lincoln — the American president with the humblest background, a man who worked his way up from poverty and was often ridiculed by the elites — as a member of the elite ruling class.”

Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh! Truths conveniently overlooked and conspiracies whitewashed in Zinn’s Communist sympathies…

“‘After their victory in 1975, the Vietnamese Communists provided captured American weapons to the Soviet Union for use in Communist insurrections in other nations, most notably in El Salvador in the 1980s.’ So, yes, Virginia, there was an international Communist conspiracy to bring about a worldwide Communist revolution, and Americans were properly ‘scared’ of the Reds.” “Like others around the globe, the Vietnamese suffered greatly at the hands of the Communists. The South Vietnamese armed forces had ‘lost 275,000 killed in action.’ Nearly twice as many Vietnamese civilians — 465,000 men, women, and children — had lost their lives, ‘many of them assassinated by Viet Cong terrorists or felled by the enemy’s indiscriminate shelling and rocketing of cities’….A million became boat people; many died at sea in their desperate flight from Communist oppression. ‘Perhaps 65,000 others were executed by their liberators. As many as 250,000 more perished in brutal reeducation camps. Two million, driven from their homeland, formed a new Vietnamese diaspora.’” “Zinn, in contrast, was jubilant about the triumph of the Vietnamese Communists — and the defeat of the United States….Zinn’s distorted and anti-American version of the Vietnamese War is widely promulgated in our educational system.”


The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self:

Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

by Carl R. Trueman

“Carl Trueman has given us what is undoubtedly the most accessible and informed account of the modern self and how it has shaped and informed the cultural battles of the first quarter of the twenty-first century.” —Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University

The sexual revolution is one manifestation of the larger revolution of the self

“The origins of this book lie in my curiosity about how and why a particular statement has come to be regarded as coherent and meaningful: ‘I am a woman trapped in a man’s body.’….The sexual revolution is as much a symptom as it is a cause of the culture that now surrounds us….The sexual revolution is simply one manifestation of the larger revolution of the self that has taken place in the West. And it is only as we come to understand that wider context that we can truly understand the dynamics of the sexual politics that now dominate our culture.”

“Freud provided a compelling rationale for putting sex and sexual expression at the center of human existence and all its related cultural and political components in a way that now grips the social imaginary of the Western world….Thinking of human beings as fundamentally defined by their sexual desire is now virtually intuitive for us all.”

“Sexual iconoclasm…has been baked into Western culture over the last 300 years. The modern West is simply bearing the bitter fruits of a rotten tree.”

Freedom of speech becomes the problem, not the solution

“While earlier generations might have seen damage to body or property as the most serious categories of crime, a highly psychologized era will accord increasing importance to words as means of oppression….Once harm and oppression are regarded as being primarily psychological categories, freedom of speech then becomes part of the problem, not the solution, because words become potential weapons.”

Ethics becomes a function of feeling

In our highly psychologized modern society, “the only moral criterion that can be applied to behavior is whether it conduces to the feeling of well-being in the individuals concerned. Ethics, therefore, becomes a function of feeling.”

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February 2021 Resources

Debunking Howard Zinn, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Debunking Howard Zinn -AND-The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self