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Monday, May 3, 2021

The Problem of Writing History

History is similar to mythology in one sense; it is written as the story of a contest between good and evil—with the Godly forces trying to save the world from the machinations of the devilish forces. The historians often let their own political opinions influence their judgement regarding which side of the political contest represents the good and which side represents the evil. In the last two centuries, an immense amount of work on history has been done by Western scholars, but most of these scholars were leftists. This has led to a situation where the leftist movements (communists, socialists, and liberals) are almost always portrayed as the Godly forces, while the rightist movements (romanticists, conservatives, and populists) get portrayed as the devilish forces. The historians routinely blame the right for the sins of the left.

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