On June 18th, Saagar Enjeti, the host of a new and very popular political podcast called Breaking Points, rehashed an old and completely dishonest smear of the Historian Howard Zinn. Saagar, a self-proclaimed anti-establishment conservative, and his progressive co-host, Krystal Ball, were discussing a recent comment from President Biden, in which he strongly implied that the U.S. did not engage in election interference in other countries. The hosts were correctly pointing out that Biden was completely wrong. It is well documented that the U.S. …


It is extremely difficult to fully address the myriad problems with Donald Trump’s Conservative 1776 Commission on the teaching of history. The document is a mixture of racism, attacks on liberal and letting movements, selective history, un-nuanced evidence taken out of context, and intentionally misleading use of historical figures. There are numerous internal contradictions. Additionally, it attempts to separate the “good historical movements” from the bad ones without ever acknowledging that conservatives opposed nearly all of the “good movements” identified in the piece. Here are some of the biggest problems:

Politics, not education: From the get to, the document sets…


Trump continued his attack on the field of history today with his Proclamation on Columbus Day 2020, which comes on the heels of his recent announcement of the 1776 project, designed to teach a patriotic version of American history. Just about everything in the proclamation is wrong and, frankly, silly. Here are some of the more glaring problems:

  1. Right off the bat, Trump proclaims that Columbus’ “intrepid voyage to the New World ushered in a new era of exploration and discovery.” While true, it is an intentional half-truth. The age of discovery was also an age of conquest and genocide…


In recent weeks, as Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the nation in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, some have begun to question whether or not we should have military bases named after soldiers from the Confederacy. As is often the case when people engage in empty identity politics, we end up asking the wrong question. Undoubtedly, there should be no military bases named after Confederate soldiers. They were traitors to the country and defenders of racism and slavery. …


When the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the early 16th Century they witnessed the Aztec engaging in religious ceremonies that included ritual human sacrifice. Despite their own barbarity, they immediately labeled the Aztec to savage barbarians and use this to justify their conquest and genocide that followed.

Roughly 500 years later, March 23rd, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas created an uproar on Tucker Carlson’s show when he stated that the elderly would be willing to risk giving up their lives to preserve the economy for their grandchildren. Many were outraged by this statement, implying that Americans would be willing…


It has become clear that Bernie Sanders is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. However, it is not yet clear if he will be able to win over 50% of the delegates in such a crowded field of candidates. The stats gurus at Fivethirtyeight.com give him roughly a 30 to 45% chance of hitting the needed number, depending on the day. They also give him a 40 to 50% chance of having at least a clear plurality of the delegates. There has been a lot of chatter lately that the other candidates and the party elites may try to…


Yesterday, my son, who is currently in second grade, came home with a Scholastic article on Martin Luther King. As we read it together, I couldn’t help but notice that Scholastic had written the article in such a way as to prevent students from actually understanding who Dr. King was and what he was working to correct.

Every Martin Luther King Day, there is a slew of articles that critique the way Americans are taught about Dr. King. They tend to focus on the way in which Dr. King’s radicalism is minimized, particularly with regard to his anti-war message and…


The Democratic Party primary can largely be seen as a contest between two wings of the party: the progressives and the neoliberals. Up until very recently, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been attempting to keep a foot in each camp — his rhetoric was often quite progressive, but his policies mostly fell into the centrist/neoliberal camp. In recent days he seems to have abandoned this strategy, deciding rather to totally embrace the centrist position.

This can be seen in his recent comments on Medicare for All and his aggressive attacks on Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at the last Democratic debate…


During the colonial period, there was a common belief that freedom is directly linked to one’s ability to control their own labor. A worker who exchanged labor for wages was less free because his or her labor was being done at the direction of another. The primary method of becoming your own master was to be an independent yeoman farmer, perhaps the first conception of the American Dream. As a result, access to land was the most powerful element attracting new colonists. This force kept pulling settlers westward, pushing the frontier further which each generation.

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