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The Leftward Drift Of History Has Many Legs
By Thomas B. Crosthwaite   
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Last edited: Monday, July 28, 2008
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2008

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This is a long term movement covering hundreds of years which many people seem unaware of.

Having been a child in the last days of the horse and wagon era, ( My next door neighbor in Tennesee owned a mule.} I can testify that the leftward drift of history is both real and obserable. The fact that it does not seem obvious to many people is because it is slow moving and consist of many things some of which include:

               1. The Decline Of  Colonialism

                2. The Civil Rights Movement

                 

                4.The Decline Of Capital Punishment

                 5.Enforcement Of Laws That Protect Women                              

                And Children.

                 6, Consumer Pratection Laws

                  7. An Increasingly Liberal News Media

            The Decline Of Colonialism

To many of us colonialism was something we studied in the 4th or 5th grade that didn't mean much to us. However, the fall of colonialism was the liberating force of history until the middle of the 1960s.

By this time, Indonesia had won its independence from the Dutch, India from the British, the French all over the world, including, at last, Algeria which won the Algerian war in 1962, ending more than 130 years of French rule. 

Well over a hundred years after the United States won independence from Britain, our neighbor to the south frought and won a victory over Spain. The Mexican people suffered much more under Spainish rule than did our forefathers did under British rule

Things were so bad that it was against the law to teach arithmatic, because it would enable workers to know when they had been cheated on their pay. Leading the revoult which resulted in the Constitution Of 1917. were two defiance Catholic priest, who were excommunicated by the Church. Among the provisions of the constitution were land reform and linitations on the Catholic Church which was pro Spanish. 

Another example of the suffering inflicted by colonialism was Algeria, a North African nation Arab nation, which I mentioned earlier. In addition to killing ten of thousands of women and children by starvation and disease, guillotining teenage boys and girls who withheld information, as late as 1955, only sending one in eight children to school, where they were taught that their ancestors were Gauls and that the French Revolution had given the World universal sufferage and equality before the law.

                    The Civil Rights Movement

This is perhaps the most dramatic of all in this country. From salves to likely the next president of the United States, this movement has been profound. When I was a child growing up in the South, African Americans  were never called Mr. ot Mrs. They could not eat a meal in a resturant, sit in a white waiting room, and had to sit in the back of buses, while paying the same fares as whites. 

 

                  The Womens Movement

50 years ago there were three men in college for every one woman, in spite of the fact that women are at least slightly more intelligent than men are.  Today these numbers are reverse and the number of business and professional women has increased.

                 The Americans With Disabilities Act

This act profids discrimmation against the handicapped and provides services.

                  The Decline of Capital Punishment

Over half of the countries of the world have outlawed capital punishment, including the Europenan Union.

                  Consumer Protection Laws

Protects comsumers from exploltion.

                     An Increasing Liberal news media

Because journalism and the news media are highly completive, they have been forced to become increasing liberal as urbanization and educational levels have increased.

Because the Chicago Tribune has the largest readership of any newspaper between the East and West coasts, and was "the defender of the faith", complimenting the white male ruling class, and defending traditions, unbridled capitalism and almost all other froms of Conservatism, it was a powerful means of indoctrination.

It entered the modern era when Clayton Kirkpatrick took over in 1969 and surprised its readers by publishing the full text of the Watergate transcripts and calling for President Niixon to resign. He also removed the long held slogan,"Worlds Greatest Newspaper" from the front page.

                               References

{"Mexico" }Time Life Books about 1970

["My Battle Of Algiers"]  Ted Morgan 2005

[The Chicago Tribune Timothy McNulty 2008            

 

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