Thursday, January 17, 2008

An Authorized Biography of the State by Michael Tennant

An Authorized Biography of the State by Michael Tennant: "Would you trust an authorized biography or an autobiography to give you the whole truth about a person’s life? It would be foolish to do so because the subject has every incentive to emphasize the positive things he has done and to deemphasize or even exclude the negative ones.

Most mainstream history texts are nothing more than authorized biographies of government. They overemphasize government’s achievements and downplay its failures, which makes sense when you consider that a sizable percentage of historians are employed by publicly funded colleges and universities and thus are naturally sympathetic to government activism and, in addition, have no desire to play a tune that fails to please the one who is paying the piper."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kelley said...

Good for people to know.

2:39 AM  

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