Jeff Riggenbach

The history of US revisionist history


Jeff Riggenbach, author of Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism, discusses the role of Charles Beard and Harry Elmer Barnes in advancing revisionist U.S. history, court historians who fight to preserve a mythology of benevolent government actions, drastic changes in the meaning of politically descriptive terms like “liberal” and “conservative” and moving away from a war/presidential perspective of history to a focus on economic/social science issues.

MP3 here. (24:40)

Jeff Riggenbach is a member of the Organization of American Historians and a Senior Fellow of the Randolph Bourne Institute. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Times, Reason, Inquiry, and Liberty, among other publications.

9 thoughts on “Jeff Riggenbach”

  1. United Snakes: most successful Dictatorship in the history of mankind. It all boils down to superior tactics of domination and propaganda: secret societies that churn out your so-called political leaders, industrialists, and owners of media. It’s a closed society, the only way in is to toe the party line. The “nails that stick up” are beaten down, “discredited”, or just simply assassinated.

    Any objective examination of US history must conclude that it is a Fascist Police State and Plutocracy bent on imperial expansion and the subjugation of poor countries to advance the interest of the monied elite.

    One must also conclude that Americans are by and large ‘down’ with the program, and simply CHOOSE not shatter their own illusions. It’s a schizophrenic Coma State happily reinventing yesterday, every day, to maintain the illusion. A kind of self-induced lobotomization.

    The United Snakes simply cannot exist without the delusion – and of course, the “capital flight”, in terms of not only cash but resources and science, from other nations. It’s just as much a parasite as Zionist Occupied Palestine is – it can’t exist without a host.

  2. FDR provoked the Pearl Harbor attack to make the American public more amenable to war, just like W. and Israel did 9/11. Let’s not wait fifty years to examine that latter critical bit of revisionism.

  3. ‘…the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing even – like a new Pearl Harbor.’

    – PNAC (2000), “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”

    PNAC participants included:

    Eliot Cohen
    Donald Kagan
    Fred Kagan
    Robert Kagan
    I. Lewis Libby
    Steve Rosen
    Abram Shulsky
    Paul Wolfowitz
    Dov Zakheim
    William Kristol

    ‘Six decades ago, an enclave of Jewish elites and extremists induced Harry Truman, a Christian Zionist president, to recognize Zionism as a sovereign entity in the Middle East. Rather than operate as a loyal ally, that enclave has proven itself an enemy. The consis-
    tency of Israel’s behavior since its founding in 1948 confirms how organized crime expanded to global scale behind the façade of a sovereign state.’

    – Jeff Gates (2008), Guilt By Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America To War

    ‘Asked tonight what the attack meant for relations between the United States and Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, replied, “It’s very good.” Then he edited himself: “Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.” He predicted that the attack would “strengthen the bond between our two peoples, because we’ve experienced terror over so many decades, but the United States has now experienced a massive hemorrhaging of terror.”‘

    – James Bennet, “Spilled Blood Is Seen as Bond That Draws 2 Nations Closer,”
    New York Times, September 12, 2001.

    “We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September 11th – malicious lies that attempt to shift blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty.”

    – George W. Bush, 10 November, 2001

  4. If you want the truth about storied figures, you’ve got to see what the critics, the skeptics–i.e., the revisionists–have to say. Otherwise, the fawning “court historians” will have the field entirely to themselves.

    This is especially true of so-called “great” Presidents like Saint Abe of Lincoln, Saint Woodrow of Wilson, Saints Theodore and Franklin of Roosevelt, and Saint Harry of Truman.

  5. Speaking of 9/11 and Pearl Harbour…the United Snakes’ history is rife with False Flags: from the bullshit Mexican “attack” that netter the US California, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, etc, to the sinking of the Maine, to North Korean patrol boat thing, to the Gulf Of Tonkin. Nothing new here. SOP

    How many times does this shit need to happen before Ma and Pa Kettle wake the fuck up and smell the coup d’etats???

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