jeffg2020over 1 year ago
Bill, I appreciate your temperate response. And I don't disagree that, if the texts are indeed as you describe, they may well qualify as propaganda. But I think these things are very complex. For example, in teaching WWII, should we teach the firebombing of Dresden as a "war crime"? Then in that case what about all the rapes by the Red Army? Is it propaganda to suggest that the imperative of defeating Nazism should take center stage? After all, there were anti-war demonstrations and massive casualties back then too. This is only by way of suggesting that the "neutral POV" wikipedia talks about is very hard to strike. I'm all for debate, but to be undilutedly against the government position, so to speak, can in its own way become propaganda. Beyond that, I know you know I was hardly, in the context of brief comments, trying to engage w/ Klein and Zinn.