If the folks who are defending the statues could just stick to a defense that would be great.
Hey, I thought the next blog was supposed to be the open letter to the Nick Sawark?
It was, but this is just a brief interlude. Now back in the box.
What? No mrrrghh…
When we last left the defenders of the Confederate Monument Hill, their argument was the statues of Bobby Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, etc. were necessary because without them, how could we possibly remember the Civil War?
After all, in 1945 this sort of thing happened all over Germany and now no one knows anything about Nazis or Swastikas …
It’s a weak argument to justify keeping the monuments: That in order to be reminded of the evil and treasonous actions of the Confederacy, we need to have monuments dedicated to them. By that logic, in order to recall the evil that led to the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, we should have statues erected of their killers.
Yeah haven’t seen anyone prepare to make that argument….
Now, could statues be important as warnings of great evil and dangers associated with the figure? Let’s call it Statue-ology. Maybe we can look to see an example of it using a non-Confederate Image. Hmm… someplace in the US that has a statue of say…. I dunno…. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Someplace like Seattle, Washington.
Lenin you may recall from such events as the Anti-Kulak Campaigns, the Red Terror, and the New Economic Policy. A man whose policies killed millions and oversaw complete government control over an economy. One of the 20th Century’s true monsters. (Lenin is, of course, overshadowed by his successor Joseph Stalin, in any list of the Worst Rulers of the 20th Century). So Seattle, having a statute warning of the evil of Leninism, would be a peaceful place, tolerant of everyone and would have no groups seeking to divide…
..and would also be a City fully aware of the dangers of government trying to control the economy…
Well, that’s awkward….Maybe that’s why the mayor of Seattle this afternoon, is asking for Lenin’s statue to come down.
Statue-ology does not appear to be an effective deterrent to repeating the mistakes of history. This would of course, explain any number of racial and economic policies in New York City. The Big Apple, I have learned in the last 24 hours has monuments/ commemorations to:
- Robert E. Lee
- Stonewall Jackson
- Che Guevara
- Philippe Petain
Kinda explains a lot about the way the New York is run. As Thomas Sowell has noted, “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
But let’s look at the argument coming from the redoubt on Confederate Monument Hill from another angle. Maybe, like the arguments in defense of the utter collapse of Venezuela because of socialism, it is because we haven’t really tried Statue-ology. Maybe the fault lies in the location of the statues. That could be the problem. People might be mis-learning the history. The statues do tend to be situated in ways create a mistaken impression those whom the statues personify are meant to be idolized.
So we should change the location of the statues to give make sure people understand these statues are meant as warnings. I think this is where Radley Balko was going with his piece today about how Moscow and Budapest handled their surfeit of Leninist/Stalinist statues:
In Moscow’s Gorky Park, right next to the state art museum, there’s a stretch of green space called Fallen Monument Park. It’s populated with monuments to Stalinism and Leninism erected during the Soviet era. It’s pretty striking…
Each monument includes a plaque explaining when it was erected, how it was funded and that it has been preserved and installed in the park not to celebrate Stalin or Lenin or their ideas but because of its historical significance.
One statute of Stalin stands — minus its nose — in front of a harrowing sculpture depicting dozens of human heads stacked behind barbed wire. It’s a monument to the victims of totalitarianism. It isn’t difficult to imagine a similar park where a statute of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or Nathan Bedford Forrest might stand in front of a monument to victims of lynching.
It seems like a great idea. The statues are preserved and the history of the evils of the civil war and its aftermath can be learned. It seems to be a win-win, So surely the folks up on Confederate Monument Hill will back this compromise? Let’s go live to social media and comments to Balko’s piece:
This is more left wing, politically correct b.s. The Confederate statues have been in their prominent positions in public places throughout the South for decades with nary a word of complaint or protest until the Far Left decided to try and make an issue out of them beginning in the 1990s and accelerating lately.
The Left and the globalists have a false narrative that basically blames all problems everywhere on the planet on the White race. This is their mantra and is shown not just by the Confederate memorials manufactured controversy but by their blatant attempt to overrun Western nations with millions of Third World proles so that Whites will be not only a worldwide minority but a minority in their own homelands.
I am struck at the level of intellectual dishonesty that compares Lenin and Stalin to Lee and Davis. The latter are tied to a practice that is mostly extinct, the former to an ideology that draws followers even today.
Huh. They don’t seem pleased by it. They seem rather angry. Why, it’s almost as if they really don’t mean it when they say we can only learn from history by keeping the statues. It’s as if they want to honor the Leaders of the Confederacy. (Would also explain the anger many had at Balko for daring to put Lee and Lenin in the same paragraph)
Men who betrayed their own country.
Men who betrayed their own country and lost.
Who knew a
vast tiny (handed) segment of this country needed participation trophies to validate the actions of their forebears?
And speaking of forebears, for the folks around Brunswick, Maine, the sound you are hearing is Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg and former governor of Maine, spinning like a lathe in his grave following this gem from the current governor, Paul LePage:
There are of course, much better ways to learn about history. As Jamil Smith noted
I also find it easier to learn history from books. You tend to be able to get a lot of information in a book. Plus, they’re much easy to carry around with you.