Undermining the West: left-slanted revisionist history teaching 8

APUSH stands for Advanced Placement United States History. Members of the College Board’s APUSH Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee have identified themselves as the authors of the APUSH Curriculum Framework.

This “Framework” lays down the history that students must be taught.

We quote criticism of its prescriptions from the excellent Heartland Institute:

The Framework omits Benjamin Franklin, Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr, and many other key figures in American history. [The authors] accuse critics of “misunderstanding our document”. Unfortunately, we have not misunderstood anything; the document is clear. The Framework devotes pages 28 to 80 to a detailed outline of the “required knowledge” students are expected to learn in their AP U.S. History course. The Framework unequivocally states, “Beginning with the May 2015 AP U.S. History Exams, no AP U.S. History Exam questions will require students to know historical content that falls outside this concept outline” (emphasis added).

The Framework is a lengthy document that provides more than enough space to include key figures and seminal documents from American history. The College Board [has not] … explained why the Framework does have space to include Chief Little Turtle, the Students for a Democratic Society, and the Black Panthers, but does not have space to include Dwight Eisenhower, Jonas Salk, and Martin Luther King Jr. The omissions have been widely criticized. …

The authors invite critics to examine the just-released AP Practice Exam. They contend that reviewers will find “a rich and inclusive body of historic knowledge”.  In reality, reviewers will find an exam that tests a surprisingly limited range of topics. …

President Ronald Reagan is the only historic figure who actually generates specific questions. In one question, Reagan’s famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” quote is used to reflect “increased assertiveness and bellicosity.” …

[The authors] insist that the Framework strikes “a careful balance between teaching factual knowledge and critical analysis.” We believe the APUSH Framework fails to meet the test of providing a balanced curriculum that acknowledges both the nation’s founding principles and its continuing struggles to be faithful to those principles.

Heartland then provides “a list of biased statements taken verbatim from the Framework” (all page references given).

Here is our abridged version of its most important points, with our own emphasis in bold on the most egregious examples of where leftist intention to indoctrinate is plain, and our comments added to the Heartland comments:

“Teachers can explore the roots of the modern environmental movement in the Progressive Era and New Deal, as well as debate the underlying and proximate causes of environmental catastrophes arising from pesticide use and offshore oil drilling.”

Interpretation: “You can debate it all you like, but we’re telling you what the causes are anyway.”

“Many Europeans developed a belief in white superiority to justify their subjugation of Africans and American Indians, using several different rationales.”

Which Europeans would those be? Whoever they were, the British – they claim – were the worst in this respect:

“Unlike Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies, which accepted intermarriage and cross-racial sexual unions with native peoples (and, in Spain’s case, with enslaved Africans), English colonies attracted both males and females who rarely intermarried with either native peoples or Africans, leading to the development of a rigid racial hierarchy. Reinforced by a strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority, the British system enslaved black people in perpetuity, altered African gender and kinship relationships in the colonies and was one factor that led the British colonists into violent confrontations with native peoples.”

Nothing about the British being the first nation ever in the history of the world to put a stop to slavery and the slave trade within its jurisdiction? Seems not.

The sole statement about the New England colonies is that “founded primarily by Puritans seeking to establish a community of like-minded religious believers, [they] developed a close-knit, homogeneous society and – aided by favorable environmental conditions – a thriving mixed economy of agriculture and commerce”. Omitted are the Pilgrims, Mayflower Compact, Winthrop’s “City Upon a Hill,” Roger Williams and religious toleration, New England town meetings and the birth of democratic institutions, and much more [of this period].

The sole statement about the Middle Colonies is: “The demographically, religiously, and ethnically diverse middle colonies supported a flourishing export economy based on cereal crops.” Omitted are William Penn, the Quakers, Pennsylvania policy of religious toleration, and the fact that their economic prosperity attracted a diverse mix of ethnic and religious groups. The Framework’s dominant theme is that American history is really the story of identity groups and conflicts.

The sole reference to George Washington is that his Farewell Address “warned about the dangers of divisive political parties and permanent foreign alliances”.

The sole reference to the Declaration of Independence is: “The colonists’ belief in the superiority of republican self-government based on the natural rights of the people found its clearest American expression in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and in the Declaration of Independence.”

The Framework omits both Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy. This sort of biased statement reinforces the Framework’s consistently negative portrayal of the American experience: “Many white Americans in the South asserted their regional identity through pride in the institution of slavery, insisting that the federal government should defend their institution.” And: “Resistance to initiatives for democracy and inclusion included proslavery arguments, rising xenophobia, anti-black sentiments in political and popular culture, and restrictive anti-Indian policies.” 

This is how the Framework describes the Monroe Doctrine and the annexation of Texas: ” The U.S. sought dominance over the North American continent through a variety of means, including military actions, judicial decisions, and diplomatic efforts.”  And: ” The idea of Manifest Destiny, which asserted U.S. power in the Western Hemisphere and supported U.S. expansion westward, was built on a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority, and helped to shape the era’s political debates.” In fact, Manifest Destiny expressed America’s mission to spread its democratic institutions and technology across the continent. This revisionist definition clearly expresses the Framework’s negative biases.

The sole references to President Lincoln are to “Lincoln’s election on a free soil platform [and] Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation”.  The Framework omits the Gettysburg Address.

There is plain anti-business bias. “Business interests battled conservationists as the latter sought to protect sections of unspoiled wilderness through the establishment of national parks and other conservationist and preservationist measures.” And capitalism is consistently portrayed negatively. “A number of critics challenged the dominant corporate ethic in the United States and sometimes capitalism itself, offering alternate visions of the good society through utopianism and the Social Gospel.”

The construction of the transcontinental railroads was a major American achievement, but is portrayed in an entirely negative light, thus: “As transcontinental railroads were completed, bringing more settlers west, U.S. military actions, the destruction of the buffalo, the confinement of American Indians to reservations, and assimilationist policies reduced the number of American Indians and threatened native culture and identity.”

America’s contribution to the Allied cause in World War 1 is described thus: “Although the American Expeditionary Force played a relatively limited role in the war… ” And: “The mass mobilization of American society to supply troops for the war effort and a workforce on the home front ended the Great Depression [factually incorrect as the depression bottomed out in 1933 – ed] and provided opportunities for women and minorities to improve their socioeconomic positions.” And: ” Wartime experiences, such as the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values.” The Framework’s complete coverage of World War II is contained in those sentences. It omits all mention of American military commanders, battles, and the valor of our servicemen and women who ended the long night of Nazi oppression.

Also note that the Framework completely omits the Holocaust.

The Korean War and the Vietnam War are dealt with in one sentence  “The United States sought to ‘contain’ Soviet-dominated communism through a variety of measures, including military engagements in Korea and Vietnam.”

Then an issue is raised that the authors clearly regard as far more important than wars and genocide:

“Activists began to question society’s assumptions about gender and to call for social and economic equality for women and for gays and lesbians.” 

Though the Framework omits Rosa Parks and Dr. King, it does have room for the SDS and the Black Panthers: “Teachers have the flexibility to [ie they really should] use examples such as the following: Students for a Democratic Society, Black Panthers.”

And here is how they want the final victory of the US over the evil empire of the USSR taught:

This is the Framework’s simplistic explanation for how and why the Cold War ended: “President Ronald Reagan, who initially rejected détente with increased defense spending, military action, and bellicose rhetoric, later developed a friendly relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to significant arms reductions by both countries.”

No “debate’ about the victims of the Communist regimes is prescribed. By implication, the history of the USSR, China, Cambodia, is proscribed. To mention the millions killed, imprisoned, enslaved, starved, or worked to death by Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot might distract students from building their disgust with the Framework’s garbled, misleading, and thoroughly evil version of their own country’s history.

The concluding statement is that: “Demographic changes intensified debates about gender roles, family structures, and racial and national identity. ”  And the authors recommend (“teachers have the flexibility to use”) examples such as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” debate.

From the framework document alone it would be easy to draw up the American Communist Manifesto. Simply assemble: Environmentalism … anti-fossil fuel …  victimization of women and homosexuals … down with white men … one (Left) party rule … anti-NATO (“foreign alliances”) … anti-US military strength … RACE … Marxist utopianism …

The main point of the document is that the United States has been an oppressive, murderous, cruel, racist, destructive, genocidal, polluting, avaricious, inhumane power. Implied is that it must change into a collectivist egalitarian utopia under  Communist one-party rule.

And that is how the history of America is to be taught to its own rising generations.

  • liz

    Well the leftist agenda just gets more “bellicose” all the time.
    They don’t even make a pretense of teaching history here – just skip that and get straight to the political propaganda!
    And they want to call this drivel “history”? What passed for education before was bad enough, but this takes bad education to a whole new level.

  • Don L

    — A boy and his father are standing by the side of a road when a car screams past them, out of control, and slams into a tree. It is a horrific collision: body and car parts are strewn all around…there are no survivors. The boy, extremely excited, starts tugging on his father’s shirt sleeve yelling, ” Daddy, daddy…look, look..they’ve hit an oak tree. The father turns, looks down at the boy and says, “You’re right son…very good.”. —

    This posting, “Undermining the West: left-slanted revisionist history teaching”, is amazing in several ways. First, it indeed exposes the symptom of the NEW progessives’ influence on what is erroneously termed education. But it misses the underlying cause and cure. I will come back to this.

    Secondly, Jillian’s historic commentary is as false as the APUSH revisionist history. In fact, the contrary history she presents is the prior/earlier/older progressive revisionsist BS. Jillian is, as are the overwhelming vast majority of Americans, the product of a progressive compulsory schooling system foisted on America over a century ago. An anti-Constitution ‘pledge of allegiance’ and a no-subject-or-field-of-study-ignored distorted curriculum revised to dumb-down Americans and cement the lie that the central state is, has been and will always be the source of freedom and prosperity. Truth, facts…unalienable rights, individual sovereignty and ‘consent of the governed’ be damned!!!

    Quickly, sans full discussion (sources for self-study are provided): Not for the reasons APUSH states, but the transcontinental RRs, excepting the Great Northern, were a product of corruption, a government created monoploy and a decades-long financial disaster for America. By the way, the trans RRs started where they did because that’s were dictator-by-deeds Lincoln owned land. In fact, the slaughter of the Indians and others was a Lincoln Whig/Republican party policy advocating ‘crony capitalism’. The Great Depression did not end in 1933…but only after FDR, and his policies, was dead and the war ended. (Incidently, war did not end the depression…if that were so, lets just destroy cities all over the world and see what happens). And, the Gettysburg Address was a deception to cover the reasons he started the war: four score and seven years previously out fathers NEVER created a new nation!!!! The United States ARE…NOT IS!!!

    Fortunately, more and more scholars and truth seekers are getting the real (unrevised) history published. Here are but a few resources:

    “New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America” by Burton W. Folsom Jr.;

    “The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America” by Burton W. Folsom Jr.;

    “Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse” by Thomas E. Woods;

    “Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure” Murray N. Rothbard;

    “America’s Great Depression” by Murray N. Rothbard;

    “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War” by Thomas DiLorenzo;

    “Lincoln Unmasked” by Thomas J Di Lorenzo;

    “How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present” by Thomas DiLorenzo;

    “Lincolnology: The Real Abraham Lincoln Revealed in His Own Words” by Lochlainn Seabrook

    Now, as to my first point that I believe the posting reveals the symptom but ignores the cause and cure of progressive influence on waht is deemed as ‘education’. Today, people argue about whether the words “under god” should be in the pledge of allegiance. They never question the word “indivisible” and its impact…direct influence of progressives/socialists. The posting nitpicks APUSH historic distortions and misses the point that government-funded, union-controlled, compulsory schooling is the problem. And, using progressive revised history to argue aginst new progressive history revisions is just…well it’s proof of the problem.

    Genetic defect homosexuals have stolen the word “gay”; they are in the process of stealing the word marriage/marry (how is it a judge gets to rewrite the definitions of the english language? — nothing to do with religion or civil rights). Beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, progressives/Fabians understood that revolution would not work in the USA (the west) and they adpoted a strategy of evolution. They would “evolve” America into socialism. They began by gaining control of the schooling system. And, they renamed compulsory schooling “education”…as in the chronic and ubiquitous notion that “education is critical for America’s future”. Well, 100 years of “education” (meaning compulsory indoctrination) proves that it is not in America’s interest. It is to its detriment.

    What is critical to America’s future is free-market education free of government intervention and oversight!!! An education curriculum that tells the truth about history…The Lincoln myth is pushed because he killed the Founders’ union od states ans created the central government…hence providing Hitler, Mau, Stalin and every follow on dictator the model for cenralizing power. Slavery…Lincoln was a radical racist!!! Progressive revisinism has been with us for quite awhile.

    The posting is intertesting but a linkage to the takeover of private education by government, funded by the FED-political cabal, might have been more enlightening as to a cure than merely correcting historic statements…especially with previously distorted history.

    • 1. I was not educated in America. I have only been living here for 7 years. I was educated by the Great Master Time in the International School of Political Hard Knocks, and through membership of some thirty libraries in several countries (until the Internet arrived). My schools and university taught me very little.

      2. You are confusing my comments with Heartland’s. I have no disagreement with you about Lincoln. Nor about the corrupt and disgraceful FDR. I agree with Heartland that the Left misrepresents the history of America. I do not share all its opinions.

      3. From the great Burro I learned that the so-called “Great Depression” (actually, the Burro says, that term should only be applied to the 19th century one, not the 20th century one) bottomed in March 1933, struck again in 1937, and was finally ended in 1942. Money began to pour into America from Europe after Hitler rose to power in 1933 – and gold too. (The once-good-turned-bad Christine Romer an authority on this.) Also real wages fell, so employment went up.

      • Don L

        OK…my apologies…egg on my face. I have mistakenly taken Heartland’s commentary as being yours. My only explanation, not an excuse, .I was half asleep…shudda just…well I didn’t.

        Absolutely I KNOW you to be a hardcore Free-marketeer. And, I was confused about the article commentary given I did think you to know truth about the great emancipator and FDR.

        Ah, marriage, gay, compulsory schooling becomes education…I was, apparently badly, trying to show progressives stealing/altering words to make them feel good. We would never ever put more money into compulsory schooling…but fund education…oh yes.

        As to Burro and the Great Depression…he and I never finished that discussion. His last words to me about it was something about the jews and their gold. Poppycock…this is still London School or Cambridge economic delusion. We were discussing Milton Friedman and the absurdity of planning inflation goals.

        I like you, leave Rothbard when the libertarianism and anarcho nonsense shows up. He is, however, still the best, in the tradition of Mises, at revealing the banking, depression…the Austrian business cycle…history, consequences and cures.

        Burro clings, given his math background, to econometric mumbo jumbo and the planner’s created definitions (always subject to politicized change) as to what is or isn’t a depression…did anything ever get better thru the 30’s…hell no; FDR made them worse! The 29 crash began with the FED starting to play games with intertest rates. The Burro come from a school that thinks the FED playing with the money is OK…so, they come up with all manner of revised economic nonsense. Like today, no inflation and the economy is improving…they just change the definitions and measurements.

        And, again, having gotten the source wrong…I was sorta amazed when I read, what I thought were your words, about how wonderful the Gettysburg ASddress was.

        OK…Again, my sincere apologies…I stand humbled and embarrassed. But, rather a dressing down than to have held my piece…as it were>

        • Burro

          Whoa Don El #368!

          Steady on Old Chap – as a Fellow-Traveller-you are far more valuable to us alive rather than the alternative so panic not, fester little and be at peace.

          Now, to my mumbo-jumbo. Well Big D, I have a feeling you may have to eat a little Crow on this one. But I will not revel in your situation, and since I have been exalted by one of my Tenants to the level of “Allah” I am all grace and kindness and will seek to re-educate before I cut your head off.

          Here is what I know/think. I totally agree with your feelings about the Fed. It was set up to provide “elastic currency” for political manipulation. Yup! That was the description actually used by those charming persons called “politicians”. There are only two options it seems to me – one shut it down, or two make The Burro the Gaffer. Now the latter is very much to my liking, and I would promise to make the currency very elastic, with big rubber-banded-bundles of elastic given to all friends – just like today in fact, except MY friends as opposed to politicians’….! But………the seats at the Fed do not accommodate beautiful tails, so I would have to stand all the time at Casa Fed. Janet has refused repeatedly to change the chairs so I will have to go for abolition.

          Now on the Depression, which I find a very elevating subject, I am going to make you an offer I am sure you will not refuse. I will send you a copy of a book, free, on the assumption that you can at least read. Is this a valid assumption? It is by two economists, Vedder and Galloway, who performed a massive study of unemployment, and have indeed spent their entire professional lives studying the subject. After huge amounts of work, they have reached the startling observation that unemployment is caused by wages/compensation being too high when adjusted for productivity. Wow!

          These lads plough through the Depression and show that they can explain 90%+ of the unemployment in the period 1928 – 1940 by this variable. And here is the interesting point for you O’ Austrian that you are: V&D (I won’t use the other abbreviation VD) are believers in the “Austrian School” true and fair. Yes – they are “Fellow-Travellers!

          V&D showed the unemployment rate peaked in March 1933 – the very month Franklin Deluded became El Presidente. Was that a stroke of good fortune? No, FDR had engineered the very collapse he lambasted Hoover for by refusing to offer any assistance to Hoover at all – even though he (H) was a goner politically. I have seen an estimate just last week that Deluded cost America 3,000 banks in the final wash-out. Nice work – screw the economy, then walk in at the bottom, and become a hero as it self-recovers – which it did. In SPITE of Deluded the US economy recovered. In fact, Deluded then went on to implement the policies of Hoover while simultaneously verbally hammering him after the 1932 election. One has to love this politician, and do not get me started on his stamp collection – FDR was a real piece of work. If you want to get real insight take a look at “The Roosevelt Myth” by John T. Flynn. Then cry into your My Tai you saucy devil.

          I am presently trying to update the V&D work to the present date as they stopped in 2000 or so. But I need some help with the sadistics and V&D have been unable to return my calls as they are so busy. The work covers many other aspects of unemployment, but the results are exactly as you and I would expect – wages too high adjusted = unemployment.

          Now all you have to do to get this book is send a check for $600 for S&H which I will waive on one condition: that you promise to be nice to the fabulous Jillian. If not, its off with your head!

          On to the Depression end. FDR cocked up the entire period 1933 to 1939. He was assisted by the Fed which describes this period as “experimental” – the same word Deluded uses. In short in the early stages of the Depression real interest rates were effectively 10-15% and rising as the Fed artificially held rates high and followed the markets – a disaster. By 1933, and we are talking about ex-ante real commercial paper rates, rates went from +10-15% to – 10 to 15% in the first quarter alone. Result: spending and investment recovered. This fall in rates was induced by a flood of gold from overseas, particularly from Germany and presumably the Jews who realized their future as jackboot kissers was not promising. The flood actually grew until 1937 when in one of the great cock-ups of all time the Fed jacked the same rates up from -15% to +20% real to “sterilize” the very same inflows! FDR decided to “balance the budget” and was UNABLE to spend the billions Congress had given him as he just did not have enough projects and he had obtained more by circumventing the very same Congress. A two-pronged cock-up.

          Then, the flood of gold turned into a deluge as war threatened Europe and the Fed sat back allowing the money supply to grow at 10% or more – pushing real rates down again to -5-10% – and once again the economy began to recover in 1938.

          Unemployment fell from 28.3% in March 1933 to about 12.3% in May 1937 then went up to 20.6% by June 1938. It then began to fall, slowly at first. Keep in mind America did not fully embrace war until 1942 – at which point the great American production system swung into action to do the Nazis in. As the money supply rose into 1942, so real rates stayed low and fell – to -20% in 1941. Then FDR saw his chance to spend to oblivion in the war, but the unemployment rate on average went from 14.6%, 1940, 9.9% 1941, 4.7% 1942, 1.9% 1943, 1.2% 1944. As can be seen, the Depression was over long before the glories of war took hold.

          See Roemer, 12-92 “What Ended the Great Depression?” JEH, vol 52 #4 for details of the above. Now as a point of info the “Great Depression” was not 1929 to 1939, that was the “Depression”. The “Great Depression” was from 1815 to 1876 and ended in a fabulous collapse where 21 of 24 banks collapsed in London in 1876. Ah, Don El, the Good Old Days. Depressions just ain’t what they used to be. And on that depressing note I am going away to drown my sorrows in a bag of carrots.

          P. S. WARNING: Roemer contains regressions which may cause snorting of breath, nashing of teeth and nasty e-mails.

          P. P. S. The V&D offer closes in 24 hrs. Respond now or your goose is cooked and I will be forced to send my mate Bob the Crow over to poop on your car.

          P. P. P. S If you respond in two hours I will include a real note from Zimbabwe for $Z100, 000 trillion. Look upon your future and despair……….

          • Don L

            First, if you please…it is #268: The # refers to a 1970’s vintage beat up, crappy, falling apart and no A/C FORD FairmontI I was assigned, as my hack, back in 1985. I turned cab #268 earnings into a sizeable transportation business over the next few years.

            Second, of course I will be nice to Jillian. Hey, I already apologized, still feel idiotic, for my srew up. She is an amazing lady who has my highest respect.

            Now, I apparently missed the 2 hour dealine…T’were it the “Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America” book? I haven’t read it but several papers by V&G (Galloway – V&D?)and their book “The Politics of Unemployment” and “Reassessing the Presidency” is sitting on a shelf…along with others I’m getting to. “The Roosevelt Myth” is also on that shelf.

            By-the-by, might I counter your reading suggestion with “Depression, War, and Cold War: Challenging the Myths of Conflict and Prosperity” by Robert Higgs and “New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America” by Burton Folsom Jr. They too are Austrian School adherents.

            To the meat: Many debates on years of depression, but if you accept the notion of depression as being a contraction in living standards, I go with 1929 – to the end of the FDR regulations apprx 1946. Yes, no question, unemployment peaked in 1933, but, contrary to your ascertion, the economy did not grow…the Federal government grew. After FDR (Deluded) came on board, government expenditures, FED experimentation and the new economics of Keynes necessitated alterations in index measurements and definitions. Government expenditures are included in GDP but are, in fact, NOT increases in productivity and unemployment did not finallydecline below 15% until 1940 and the gearing up to war. Battleships on the bottom and tanks in flames is not an increase in real wealth…it distorts GDP…If any of these indexes worked…Great depressions or great recessions wouldn’t be surprises, would they?

            Ah, I do not have any question about V&G: “…they have reached the startling observation that unemployment is caused by wages/compensation being too high when adjusted for productivity.” And, importantly, that this money/real wage rate discrepancy respective of productivity is cause by government intervention in the economy – primarily monetary policy which drives fiscal adventurism.

            So, we may agree to disagree and still be on the same team with the same goals. I see the great, or otherwise depression, as having started in the early 20’s with the FED flexing it’s muscle. Low rates and higher risk acceptance…say, sounds like the 2007 great recession start…built the bubble that broke in ’29. The FED immediately began dropping the rates even farther and kept the bubble alive; and, FDR began his shennanigans…gold confiscation, fixed wages and prices…hoarding, rationing…living standards did not improve until FDR’s BS came to and end and the country could get back to producing consumer goods and increasing real wealth.

            Roemer…John Roemer the socialist? He’s attributed with changing socialism’s name to ‘equlity of opportunity”. And, forgive my ignorance…what is the JEH (Journal of Economic History?) In any regard, I cannot verify your story of gold in flux as having any real effect. In fact, to the contrary, I have read several stories which suggest investment was dropping significantly given FDR’s attacks on income. Indeed, this is the beginning of the notion of “business hates insecurity” or “regime uncertainty”.

            Anyway, I find it hard to believe you’d take as factual info from another saviour of socialism. And, if your source is some other Roemer…given the size of the US economy, I find it difficult that this ‘escaping’ gold had such an impact as to end a depression…I find more evidence that the depression ran on. I have, I’ll give you this, one economist< i recall, called it the Great Continuation…but not even an end. There is no possible way the economy would recover while FDR was still running the show…with or without a war!

            OK…I'm rambling…sitting at the computer just robs me of strenght…gotta pop my meds.

            Oh, pasted below is a quick chart of Unemployment Rate, FED funds rate, DOW Ind Avg and USA GDP for the years 1910-1960. Bubble is built 1910-1928; bursts in 1929. Since then, it has been a boom and bust FED controlled economy.

            Later…always enjoyable dear Burro!

            • Burro

              Sorry to see I got the number wrong – I will be particularly careful in the future. A man is entitled to his monikers and should be respected for them, just as us Burros are.

              I am happy to see you have V&D in your library. I hope it is the “updated” version of 1997 as it has the latest word from them. It may interest you to know they attempt something I have not seen before which is to take out the effect of the war and examine the underlying economy. It really is altogether a fascinating book and one of the best reads I can recall. It also makes common sense – a rare thing in the none-sense one comes upon nowadays. I wish they would respond to my calls and save me some time on the sadistics. Updating to 2014 may bring new insight on the disasters being foisted upon us such as a $15 minimum wage in Richmond, Ca. Talk about suicide!

              Flynn I finished last week. What an eye-opener. I do not want to spoil the fun but Deluded was utterly incredible, with a family that ran amok in exploiting his name, while he, THE PRESIDENT, involved himself in all manner of disgraceful manipulations – and I loved the expose about his stamp collecting habits. You will see yourself when you read it.

              The Roemer was Christine, wife of the husband. In spite of her leftishness, she came up with very convincing evidence on the gold inflow issue. What makes it so interesting is that it took the Fed until May 1937 to cock it all up. I have been digging up the Fed documents and you are absolutely correct to feel they were incompetent. I think that word praises their performance. Had the markets been left alone real rates would have collapsed and many a fair man would have been saved from destitution, but the politicians really did not give a damn in my opinion – they just wanted to be re-elected. When FDR was elected, there were only 10% of the jobs available to absorb the Democrat horde that descended on Washington which got him elected. The inevitable happened – FDR built ludicrous ministries to give the faithful work and bugger the economy. He put in place the generating mess we have today. Good job Frankenstein!

              I appreciate your suggestion on the Higgs books, but I am ahead of you on that one. Higgs is a fellow at the Independent Institute which is very close to my office in the Glorious Socialist Utopia aka Oakland. I regularly attend the lectures they have and met Higgs a short while ago. I read the FDR book with great interest and the other a short time ago and indeed Higgs is a winner.I am presently working my way through his Crisis & Leviathan and it is a tad on the gloomy side re the future. Damn Government just seems to grow and grow……..

              I am still devouring Piketty. My word, is this chappie a self-deluder or what. His book is such a monster filled with madness and incredible statements such as on page 99, “the most one can say is that state intervention did no harm,” word for word. The Burro clearly lives on a different planet to the Picky-one. I will get back to you on your review in 2032 if I am lucky!

              Now, since you have V&D I will consult the fabulous Jillian and see if she feels you deserve the treasure of the 100,000 trillion note. You will have to give her an address to receive it and these things are just wonderful. You can feel rich beyond belief while unable to get a lollipop! The dollar will follow, just as all fiats have in due course.

              Your mention of meds sounds a bit ominous Old bean. For Heavan’s sake, you must keep at it as life would be much less fun if you had to give up the blog. We need you in our lives. Anyway, its time for my Viagra, as the harem is getting restless. Keep the faith as there is more to come………….

              The Burro

              P. S. I’ll call Bob the Crow off, and yes he does exist.

            • Don L


              “…page 99, “the most one can say is that state intervention did no harm,”

              When I too read this I went berserk. And, only 99 pages in. Of course, having just done a study of DOW-to-FED rate in regard to wealth transfer, when I saw his all important chart 1.1 (? or whatever #) on page 31…I knew this frog doesn’t hop!

              So, it was “Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America”? And no, I do not have this one in my library…merely in the Amazon wish list. so….:I’ll sent Jillian the data. LOL.

              The gold…did she mention the confiscation? I certainly don’t deny gold fled Germany/Europe, But, the NAZIs retained more than got away and it wasn’t that much, during the years escape was possible: they, it is reported, kept 90% as tax for expatriation. Roemer…jewish socialist…my gut tells me there is some deflection motive behind this whole detail…just don’t know what it is other than some leftie/central planner/Keynesian misdirection relative to $20 to $35/oz and confiscation?

              Wow…between you and Jillian, you keep running into some very important and neat people…nice circles you guys run in!!!

              I wish you well on this endeavor to uncover all these (LOL) sadistics. I’m sure you are familiar with the old axiom: Rather you than me! LOL. Yet, I’m sure the product of your efforts will be important!

              The meds…we’d all be sick if I began this tale. Bottom line, it all comes together whereas I can only sit upright for about 15 minutes at a time before weird symptoms begin. Makes life interesting.

              The Flynn book gets moved up on the list. The only problem I have with Higgs, he tends toward the Ron Paul/Chamberlain pacifism camp and, hmmm, it’s been awhile…I think like Veryser, I was of the impression he is catholic indoctrinated…self-interest human action vs selfless-altruism conflicts.

              Again, rather drinks by the sea…but a blogging it seems to be. Always a joy!