Tag: History

Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe’s argument

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu will continue to be granted recognition, if not immortality. But Sutton and Walshe’s Dark Emu Debate will undoubtedly be acclaimed. As a critique of Pascoe’s book, it’s just about perfect — a volume with the twin virtues of rigour and readability.

Source: Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe’s argument

WA’s first governor James Stirling had links to slavery, as well as directing a massacre. Should he be honoured?

Today, councillors in Perth’s City of Stirling will vote to decide whether to change their city’s name. This follows a residents’ motion arguing a new name would better “reflect the long standing and relevant history of this land in such a way that is inclusive and in recognition of the Nyoongar community”. This is not about erasing history, said Whadjuk Noongar Elder Len Collard. It is about extending history, “so that all experiences are reflected”.

Source: WA’s first governor James Stirling had links to slavery, as well as directing a massacre. Should he be honoured?

Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History

An enslaved family picking cotton outside Savannah, Ga., in the 1850s. Photograph by Pierre Havens.

The state board drafted a resolution restricting classroom discussion of racism, then blocked comments from the YouTube livestream.

Source: Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History

If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History | The Smirking Chimp

The question opponents of critical race theory don’t want us to ask is: How did the past affect the present? What parts of the ugly side of our history have we retained, even unintentionally? Understanding these lessons is the whole point of studying history. We do a disservice to our own history if we do not study all of it, in all of its complexity, in order to secure a better future.

Source: If You Love Our Country, Don’t Ban Its History | The Smirking Chimp

Gough Whitlam’s Government Was the Victim of a Right-Wing Coup

In 1975, an Australian constitutional coup brought down Gough Whitlam’s reforming Labor government, with the Queen’s governor-general delivering the fatal blow. Whitlam’s fate was a crucial lesson for left-wing movements everywhere: capitalists will only allow so much democracy before pushing back.

Source: Gough Whitlam’s Government Was the Victim of a Right-Wing Coup

Alan Tudge advocates for Westernised Australian history curriculum

The new draft curriculum for Australian history, says Education Minister Alan Tudge, is not getting “the balance right”. Andrew Bolt took up the cause, telling his Sky viewers: “Race propaganda — coming to a classroom near you.”

Along with Tony Abbott, John Howard and others, Mr Tudge is a gatekeeper of Western culture. The gatekeepers take criticism of their hallowed ground as a personal insult — “Disparage my culture and you disparage me”. And they strike back like cut snakes.

Like all imperialists, Western colonisers have dispossessed, dislocated, enslaved, sickened and murdered the people whose lands they invaded. But history is written by the victors and the privileged descendants are the gatekeepers.

What’s my point?

The gatekeepers prefer to keep their privileges. As men born to rule, they believe they deserve them. They’re in Australia’s richest top 10%, which owns half the nation’s wealth. The bottom 60% owns 16% of the wealth.

Source: Alan Tudge advocates for Westernised Australian history curriculum

The Far-Right War on History, Education, and Thinking | The Smirking Chimp

Knowing the real history of the U.S., is essential to advancing the struggles of today to achieve a more just society for all the multi-racial, multi-ethnic people who live in a nation becoming more diverse every day. It undermines the rationalizations for suppressing the rights to vote and protest, and for protecting political and economic power for an entrenched white and corporate elite that continues to profit off structural racism today.

Source: The Far-Right War on History, Education, and Thinking | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans tried to overturn the election. We can’t just forget that | Robert Reich | The Guardian

Senator Josh Hawley voted to throw out the results of the 2020 election and gave a clenched-fist salute to the Trumpist mob on 6 January – but is somehow a welcome guest on mainstream media.

America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be a strength. We don’t get bogged down in outmoded traditions, old grudges, obsolete ways of thinking. We constantly reinvent.  The downside is a tendency toward collective amnesia about what we’ve been through, and a corresponding reluctance to do anything about it or hold anyone accountable.

Source: Republicans tried to overturn the election. We can’t just forget that | Robert Reich | The Guardian

You Must Work or Die: The Long History of “Worker Shortages”

Recently "freed" workers on a sugar plantation in the West Indies, 1849, their progress is watched by a white supervisor with a whip.

The current blizzard of stories about a “worker shortage” across the U.S. may seem as though it’s about this peculiar moment, as the pandemic fades. Restaurants in Washington, D.C., contend that they’re suffering from a staffing “crisis.” The hospitality industry in Massachusetts says it’s experiencing the same disaster. The governor of Montana plans to cancel coronavirus-related additional unemployment benefits funded by the federal government, and the cries of business owners are being heard in the White House. In reality, though, this should be understood as the latest iteration of a question that’s plagued the owning class for centuries: How can they get everyone to do awful jobs for them for awful pay?

Source: You Must Work or Die: The Long History of “Worker Shortages”

Australia’s genocidal identity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Horrified barely scratches the surface of how I felt the day I learnt what is defined as genocide. After being directed to the United Nations 1948 Genocide Convention website. My heart sank reading Article II. (Excerpt from the Article II of UN Website) In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Source: Australia’s genocidal identity – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Exterminate All the Brutes Exposes the Murderous History of Colonialism

Raoul Peck’s HBO docuseries Exterminate All the Brutes isn’t easy to watch — but it’s important popular education on the 600-year development of the concept and system of white supremacy associated with colonialism, slavery, and genocide.

Source: Exterminate All the Brutes Exposes the Murderous History of Colonialism

Forget $15 an Hour — the Minimum Wage Should Be $24

Harry Truman Minimum Wage 1949

The coronavirus pandemic relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week would raise the federal minimum wage in steps until it reached $15 an hour in 2025. But an increase in the minimum wage has been removed from the Senate’s legislation. At least for now, it is stuck at $7.25.

Forget $15 an Hour — the Minimum Wage Should Be $24

January 26, 1788: The day the white men came and plundered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Never allow racism to disguise itself in the cloak of nationalism.( John Lord)

January 26, 1788: The day the white men came and plundered – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

'Trump will go down as a total failure': The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins

When former President Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the Proud Boys during his first debate with Joe Biden in late September, the far-right group felt energized. But now, at the dawn of President Joe Biden’s administration, the group is in a state of disarray and disillusionment. Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs has been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection, and some members are now railing against the former president they once idolized.

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

6 January 2021: America’s new ‘day of infamy’

Where were you on the 6.1.2021?

Political unrest within the White House led to a domestic terrorism event some in the media have compared to the attack on Pearl Harbour, writes Dr Lee Duffield.

6 January 2021: America’s new ‘day of infamy’

Communists Like My Uncle Fought to Expand American Democracy. Fascists Fought to Destroy It.

Uncle Roy served his time, but he never had to apologize for what he’d done. A lifelong champion of the working class, not once did he doubt that he was on the right side of history.

Communists Like My Uncle Fought to Expand American Democracy. Fascists Fought to Destroy It.

Terrorism and invading the Legislature, in the Middle East and America

Thousands of members of Proud Bois, Boogaloo, QAnon (who believe that Democrats are Satan incarnate) and other dangerous militia-like groups gathered at the capitol, and at 2:30 pm, as Ted Cruz (R-TX) was trying to overthrow the government by talking it to death, the leaner, meaner versions of Cruz climbed walls, broke windows and invaded the Capitol for the first time since the Redcoats occupied and burned it in 1814.

Terrorism and invading the Legislature, in the Middle East and America

They Said Tax Cuts for the Rich Would Create Jobs. It Never Happened.

For forty years, governments around the world have been cutting taxes on the rich, claiming that the result would be more jobs and higher incomes. A new study shows how catastrophically wrong that policy has been.

They Said Tax Cuts for the Rich Would Create Jobs. It Never Happened.

Historian Timothy Snyder warns that America is already in its own “slow-motion Reichstag Fire” | Salon.com

Donald Trump considers any election in which he is not the “winner” to be null and void. Trump’s appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court is an obvious quid pro quo to secure his “reelection” if his attorneys and other agents can sufficiently sabotage the vote on Election Day and beyond.

Historian Timothy Snyder warns that America is already in its own “slow-motion Reichstag Fire” | Salon.com

To Stop an Electoral Coup, Study What Went Wrong in the 2000 Florida Recount 

As the possibility of Donald Trump trying to undemocratically snatch the 2020 presidential election seems increasingly likely, we should look to a previous successful attempt by Republicans to seize the presidency while the Democratic Party all but stood by helplessly: the 2000 election’s Florida recount.

To Stop an Electoral Coup, Study What Went Wrong in the 2000 Florida Recount 

Trump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward facism | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Trump has made a promise to his base that he will Make America White Again.’

Trump is setting up the commission to teach students ‘the miracle of American history’ – which sounds like a core part of the fascist process of taking power

Trump’s 1776 commission is proof America is spiraling toward facism | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian

Israel’s Iron Wall Still Stands After Nearly a Century

Earlier this year, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that he was close to a decision to unilaterally annex the Palestinian West Bank, an aggressive and illegal move long championed by the Israeli right. Though Netanyahu ultimately abandoned the plan for temporary and tactical reasons, it illustrated a major theme of Shlaim’s historical work: the central role of unfettered military coercion in Israel’s conception of security vis-à-vis the Palestinians. In light of these developments, Douglas Gerrard spoke to Shlaim about the history of the two-state solution, the promise and reality of the Oslo Accords, the future of Gaza, and the prospect of a binational state in Israel-Palestine.

Israel’s Iron Wall Still Stands After Nearly a Century

Trump doesn’t Understand History any more than he Understands Epidemics

Professional historians are not interested in history as a celebration of anything. What excites historians is explanation. Why did something happen when it did? There never really was such a time. Professional historians have always been skeptical and the very tools of their profession are seditious, because history teaches us that things could have been different (contingency) and can still be different. And that is what terrifies Trump and his white supremacist cronies.

Trump doesn’t Understand History any more than he Understands Epidemics

Trump Threatens To Yank Funding From Schools That Teach 1619 Project | HuffPost Australia

Hitler simply burnt the books sacked anyone that didn’t support or might not support the Nationalist version of history and it’s symbols in any Institution throughout the country. Trump is just cutting funding.(ODT)

Trump has claimed systemic racism is not a problem in America. Trump’s comments come in the middle of a nationwide reckoning on race sparked by protests against racism and police violence. Suggest a correction

Trump Threatens To Yank Funding From Schools That Teach 1619 Project | HuffPost Australia

 

Donald Trump and His Allies Are Trying to Rewrite the History of Charlottesville – Mother Jones

Unlike Heather Heyer’s killer, Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager who allegedly crossed state lines with an assault rifle to confront Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin and shot three people, has become a conservative celebrity. Tucker Carlson praised him as a patriot willing to stand up where Democratic cities wouldn’t—“17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would,” he said. An incoming Republican member of Congress shared a meme hailing Rittenhouse for having “fought back.” A Christian fundraising site raised a quarter of a million dollars for Rittenhouse’s legal defense. And on Monday, Trump broke his silence on the episode by asserting that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense. “He was in very big trouble,” Trump said. “He probably would have been killed.” This time, he didn’t equivocate; the very fine people are only on his side now.

Donald Trump and His Allies Are Trying to Rewrite the History of Charlottesville – Mother Jones

My family have been celebrated as pioneers but I knew their colonial history wasn’t fully told | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on 6 June 2020

A Henty speaks with pride:

We have the opportunity to address the violence of colonial systems. To ignore this opportunity is to perpetuate the actions of my forefathers

via My family have been celebrated as pioneers but I knew their colonial history wasn’t fully told | Indigenous Australians | The Guardian

We Can’t Change Our History, But We Can Make It More Expensive! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When the Prime Minister made the bold assertion that there was no slavery in Australia, many were quick to point out his poor knowledge of our history forcing Morrison to correct himself. Of course, many people would have left it as that, but not our leader.

No, we can’t have all these elites telling the PM that he’s wrong, so he sprung into action and doubled the price of doing a Humanities course at university. That’ll teach those smart-arises to correct him.

via We Can’t Change Our History, But We Can Make It More Expensive! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How real is history? – I personally feel that is not really fair to judge the past by standards which we have adopted only recently. » The Australian Independent Media Network

In Australia, our education system MUST incorporate the history of our First Nations if we hope to change our attitudes to any significant extent. We need to consult community leaders and involve them in decision making and we need to stop allowing mining companies from destroying heritage treasures tens of thousands of years old.

If we stopped worshipping money, just think how much better our world might be!

We cannot change the past but we can and should make a real effort to ensure our behaviour in the future leaves a history which does not make our descendants ashamed of their ancestors.

And if we are to have a future, we need to start listening to the experts in all of the sciences, not just health!

via How real is history? – I personally feel that is not really fair to judge the past by standards which we have adopted only recently. » The Australian Independent Media Network

History shows future generations don’t need to suffer from government debt – Michael West

Cutting government services to pay off government debt post the current pandemic is not a necessity but rather a political and ideological choice. History has shown that if we focus on full employment and the real economy, the budget will take care of itself. Economist Warwick Smith reports.

via History shows future generations don’t need to suffer from government debt – Michael West

I am proud to be a Socialist – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When you look back through the ignominious history of the Republican movement and the LNP, there isn’t a single right-wing MP worth a dime. Every commitment made to a vile, nasty off-shore war (such as Korea, Vietnam and the horrendous genocidal Iraqi war) has been under a Republican/LNP government who consistently use war, terror, hatred and fear to divide nations. When things look bleak in the polls, the war-mongering right-wing are always prepared to stoop to using war as the last resort to cling onto power with bloodstained fingers – ready and willing to sacrifice millions of lives and spend billions to distract focus from their horrendous policies and/or use hatred and division for their own political agenda. It is always a hate-filled, xenophobic right wing government that drags us into war and it always takes a left-wing, socialist government to get us out of it!

I am proud to be a Socialist – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Impeachment and the politics of organized forgetting: This attack on Trump isn’t nearly enough | Salon.com

Screenshot_2020-01-20 Impeachment and the politics of organized forgetting This attack on Trump isn't nearly enough.pngUnder the Trump regime, historical amnesia is used as a weapon of (mis)education, politics, and power. The notion that the past is a burden that must be forgotten is a centerpiece of authoritarian regimes, one that allows public memory to wither and the threads of fascism to become normalized. While some critics eschew the comparison of Trump with the Nazi era, it is crucial to recognize the alarming signs in this administration that echo a fascist politics of the past. As Jonathan Freedland points out, “the signs are there, if only we can bear to look.” Rejecting the Trump-Nazi comparison makes it easier to believe that we have nothing to learn from history and to take comfort in the assumption that it cannot happen once again. No democracy can survive without an informed and educated citizenry.

Impeachment and the politics of organized forgetting: This attack on Trump isn’t nearly enough | Salon.com

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ | Common Dreams Views

Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different.

via How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ | Common Dreams Views

History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics – Truthdig

History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. … It is not the light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

via History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics – Truthdig

Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two men looking serious while sitting at a table in a tropical location

Australia’s Ghetto Australia’s Shame will be on the historic record. (ODT)

via Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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It’s what the LNP did with the history of this nation they went to war the ALP took them out of Vietnam and the LNP kept helping in more Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, all losing ones. They needed a winning war and decided on calling Asylum seekers “illegals” saying ‘Nope to the Malaysian Solution and telling Australia that they were winning a just war against “deplorables”. A Democracy is diminished when it’s government has too many secrets and buys and lies their way into power without any reasoned policies just scare mongering on the undeclared donations of Palmer and Murdoch. (ODT)

via The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)