Category Archives: history

How the Leftist Smear Machine Operates

In the course of a speech in Ohio, President Trump wandered into the Civil War and made some remarks about the two principal generals, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Five minutes ago, culturally speaking, these would have been unexceptionable and unremarkable — hardly newsworthy. But in the new media-driven Narrative context, they suddenly became a stick with which to beat Trump and (oddly enough) the Republicans.


Modern Day Czech Knights Train For Battle Of The Nations

Many of those who live in the Czech Republic may tell you that they have met or at least seen someone who is involved in medieval reenactment. From musicians to swordsmen, there is a sizeble group of middle-ages enthusiasts in the country. One group however has taken things to the next level. Looking for the real medieval combat experience, a group heralding largely from swordfighters decided to join an increasingly popular sport, which pits fully armoured fighters against each other in competitions resembling medieval tournaments.


New Eichmann Film Puts the Lie to Hannah Arendt’s “Banality of Evil”

One of the most notorious lines — and lies — that grew out of the trial of Adolf Eichmann for his important role in the Holocaust, was what Hannah Arendt called “the banality of evil,” meaning that even the most horrific people can appear insipid. Arendt was assigned to report on the 1961 trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem, but according to contemporaries, she rarely attended the trial. She came to Jerusalem having made up her mind in advance that Eichmann in particular and other perpetrators of the evils of the Holocaust in general, were ordinary nondescript functionaries. She reported on the trial with an agenda. It was not necessary for her actually to observe and listen to Eichmann because to do so might undercut her thesis. So instead she wrote a mendacious screed in which she constructed a stick-figure caricature of one of the most significant perpetrators of the Holocaust.


Rock Around the Clock, 16 September 1956

“Dig that crazy jive, man!”

To the South London teenagers Rock ‘n’ Roll is something quite mysterious, and different from the old jazz. But to the jazz experts its pedigree is dull and not very respectable. Rock ‘n’ Roll, it seems, is a rough mongrel of blues and hill-billy, with some hot-gospelling thrown in. It’s novelty isn’t so much in its beat or tunes, as in the raucous, jungly accompaniment of a honking saxophone and crude guitar-strumming, and a very powerful beat. The result is a naked, aggressive kind of jazz which most jazz pundits despise.


The ‘Space Race’ Was Fixed

The release of First Man, the Neil Armstrong biopic, has brought renewed attention to the Soviets’ October 4, 1957, launch of Sputnik, the first satellite sent into orbit from Earth. The launch alarmed many Americans and led to a renewed commitment to space research and science in general. This made possible rapid strides in the space program that eventually inspired President John F. Kennedy’s call for a moon landing, which led to the triumphant success that is the subject of the movie.

That narrative is true as far as it goes, but the impression it can give — that Sputnik exposed serious shortcomings in our space program that shocked an outraged public — is not.