Historical Bullshit

History is normally written from the point of view of the winners and rulers.  But in this business of winning and ruling, many people are killed and impoverished.  Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States [also hereexamines history from the perspective of the losers and ordinary people — the workers.  Also: Chris Harman, A People’s History of the World, 1999, 2008.

Centralization of power is not beneficial to ordinary people; it is bullshit.



 

Leopold Kohr, The Breakdown of Nations, 1957, 1978.

Kohr proposed a breakdown of Europe into smaller chunks, and then federating them together; not unifying them through a central government.

A Europe of Little States:  This map shows approximately the genuine component parts of Europe, historically subdividing the great powers, products not of nature but of force. Being all equal in size they are ideally fit to form a successful federation. Thus Europe’s problem – as that of any federation – is one of division, not of union.

 

E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, 1973.

Bullshit in Education

Education Is a System of Indoctrination of the Young – Noam Chomsky

Beware of the Handmaid Scorned

The Aim of Liberal Education

Norman Finkelstein, DePaul, and U.S. Academia: Reduction Ad Absurdum of Centralized Universities

Trying to Understand the Program of Educational Reform through Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines

In 1999, I came to Chicago to create and manage the site “In Search of the Real University of Chicago.”  It no longer exists, but it can be accessed via the Wayback machine: click here.