Category Archives: the importance of history

Is the traditional “Western Civ” class racist?

Inside Higher Ed reports that as one college decides what to do with a signature Humanities class — that has always had a Western orientation — a group of students continues to demand it be changed. Roger Porter, a professor … Continue reading

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You never met George Lincoln Rockwell? Count yourself among the fortunate.

The Guardian reminds us that America has an unofficial founding father of the current white supremacist movement. And, yes, he was as vile as you might think. Matthew Heimbach, the 26-year-old leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a neo-Nazi group … Continue reading

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America has a 1-in-3 chance of a second civil war

The New Yorker examines why the United States — seemingly already at war with itself — might really be in the coming years. Based on his experience in civil wars on three continents, Mines cited five conditions that support his … Continue reading

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Somewhere in America, a 90-something-year-old man is reflecting again on his World War II military service.

Somewhere in America, a 90-something-year-old man is reflecting again on his World War II military service. He’s remembering the brothers he lost on some beach or in some forest. He’s remembering the many moments shared with those brothers who, as … Continue reading

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The next time you are in Manchester…

…be sure to get a selfie with Engels. What? The New York Times can explain. After 147 years, Friedrich Engels is back in town. Statues of Engels, Karl Marx’s collaborator, may have been ripped down all over the former communist world, … Continue reading

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Ditch “Lynch?” Even when it refers to a family? Is this political correctness?

The Los Angeles Times reports that officials in one school district are thinking about changing the names of some local schools. And the reason seems dubious. His former school, Lynch View Elementary, looks much as it did more than a … Continue reading

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China and the Soviet Union were allies, and then weren’t, on an important issue

The Wilson Center explores an interesting era of world history: when China and the Soviet Union found cooperation in their mutual interest. And then it ended. From the outset, Sino-Soviet nuclear cooperation was marked by political expediency on both sides. … Continue reading

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