BU2B (Brought up to Believe)



I originally published a shorter version of this in August 2014.  The post attempts to identify the many fallacies that I (or many) generally were taught – mostly, but not totally, regarding history.  I have decided to create a standalone page on this theme; I continue to write a good amount along revisionist lines.  I will update this page with each applicable post, without announcement.
 
All is for the best
Believe in what we’re told
Blind men in the market
Buying what we’re sold
                              Neil Peart


…King George was a tyrant.


…Americans won their independence.

…the founding fathers were selfless.



…the time during the Articles of Confederation was chaotic.

…a written constitution is a check on government expansion.

…the Constitution protects my rights.


…America was never about Empire.

…Lincoln saved the Union.


…Lincoln was honest.

…the West was wild.


…all’s fair in love and war.

…Japan’s aggression in Asia was a shock to the US government.



…democracy represents the best form of government.

…democracies are reluctant to go to war.

laissez-faire capitalism caused the great depression.

…Hoover was a do-nothing president.

…The US and China were allies during World War Two.


…Stalin was a victim of Hitler’s aggression.


…Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise.

…World War II ended the depression.

…World War II was the good war.

…World War II was fought by the greatest generation.


...Germany was the only combatant to commit atrocities in Europe.

…the atomic bombs ended the war.

…the atomic bombs saved one million lives.

Stalin changed after World War Two.

…history marks a continuous advance in civilization.

…the US government would stand against world government.

…the US military fights for my freedom.

…the US military fights for the freedom of other, less fortunate, people.

…the global presence of the US military is an unwanted burden.

…wars are fought for oil.

…foreign wars are almost…romantic.

…JFK was shot by a lone nut.

…by saving and working hard, you will retire into the American dream.

…money and banking must be managed by the state.

…the United States is a nation of laws, not men.


…there is a meaningful difference between democrats and republicans.

…a third party would provide the solution.

…CATO is a friend of liberty.

…Milton Friedman was a free-market economist.

…central banking is not central planning.

…central banks are necessary to regulate markets.

…nineteen men could…well, you know.

…they hate us for our freedom.

…a police officer’s job is to protect and to serve.

…Christians are a peace-loving people.

…Christians are to obey their government.


…government keeps us safe and secure.

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