Totalitarian states, and our own Marxist higher education authorities, find that students are receptive to propaganda when they forget who they are. Men will believe nearly anything about themselves and others if they do not know who their parents were, what they believed, how they lived, what was important to them, who their friends were, and who meant them harm. It is with good reason that oppressive regimes take over the schools, control the media, and harass the intelligentsia.
Since the 1960s, American students have been groomed to forget about our history and instead learn a morality tale based on the educators’ preferred winners and losers . In school we learn a great deal about evils associated with slavery, the Holocaust, and the conquest of the Americas to such an extent that history becomes one long guilt trip. This parade of horribles lacks any context. We learn little about Beethoven, John Locke, Magna Charta, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bartoleme de las Casas, and George Washington, nor do we put our own failings in perspective by learning about the evils of pagan or Islamic societies.
Counterpunch ran an article about the forgotten, recent history of Albanian attempts to expel Serbs from Kosovo throughout the 1980s. While victimization by Albanians does not authorize Serbian counter-oppresion, it does put into perspective Serbian concerns. In his discussion, the author included this excellent quote by Aldous Huxley:
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.