Well, I ran across this article, in Fox News of all places. I does do a nice job of reminding us that, the youth of the nation, know little (if anything) about past events.
Can you answer the following questions?
Who fought in the Peloponnesian War?
Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato teach?
Who was Saul of Tarsus?
Why does the Magna Carta matter?
What are one or two of the arguments made in Federalist 10?
Hard questions, right? Maybe not. Maybe you learned some or all of the answers in school, or you knew them at one time, but have now forgotten the details. Or perhaps you are devoted to a few events that you have internalized and helped form you into the person you are today.
But knowing the answers in great detail may be less important than recognizing the importance of the question
I liked the thrust of the article, but with most articles that come from the right, they have to put right-wing spin on it; but this part put up red flags:
They can't identify between good and right. They have no sense of what "exceptionalism" mean
Unfortunately, making good points can be quickly soiled with propaganda.
They can't identify between good and right, begs the question. Then followed by "exceptionalism" which is a right-wing code word.
Youth do not know much or anything about the rise of Adolf Hitler, and why that caused World War 2.
Hitler was a right-wing demagogue. Appealing to nationalism after WW1, Hitler seized on the lack of national identity/racial identity.
We would all most likely, now, be speaking German, had the Axis Nations (Germany, Japan, Italy) had won World War 2. It is beyond fright that young people do not know how close, the world came to being a much different place, a very dark place.
Is it more like un-learning the lesson of WW2, and that, should be very frightening. We came very close, too close, to being part of the Third Reich. Germany had created a War Machine that was literally eating Europe. Had they not been stopped by the Allies, we would most likely would have been speaking German, than English. The Day (December 7th) lives in infamy. The Axis nations, including Japan along with Germany, had become the muscle behind the Far Right. Had the Axis nations prevailed, the earth would be a very dark place.
It bothers me, that nationalism, and political identity have become, again, a focus for Youth.
Hitler learned early, that youth would be the key to spreading his twisted philosophy. Not based in logic, the propaganda of the Nazis became a supplant for truth. Hitler coined lies and festered disinformation. Just as in the plot in The Sound of Music, the youth became absorbed with the false message, and turned upon one another.
The Baby Boomer Generation got the message, but I fear, it has been lost on the youth of Europe and the US, and that is just totally chilling.