At the moment I am writing a history book and I am realizing that our old ways of conducting historic research are existentially broken. The information I find in university libraries –on this topic– is just as unreliable as a random internet page, the only difference being that the library book carries a generally presumed legitimacy it does not deserve. Once information is published in a book somewhere, it is infinitely referenced in other books. One flawed axioma creates a body of work that is nothing but a house of nonsense cards, keeping us all in limbo. When I dig down to the original source, a historic government record for instance, it turns out that it is surrounded by red tape. Polluted at the source, much of our history is tainted by a codependent web of wrongful assumptions.
Without a somewhat accurate, reliable account of our common history we can’t work towards a better future – if we do not know who the villains were and who were the heroes, if we do not know who were the afflicted and who were the comfortable. For instance, public opinion on Barack Obama is currently divided fifty-fifty. Half of the people say he’s a war criminal, the other half says he’s hope to believe in. On the scale of Lady Justice, only one half can be right.
Sometimes time will tell. Sometimes time will set the record straight, but time relies on us, so we better get going. Valuable historic research can be found in the works of the historians mentioned below. They have a level of integrity, curiosity and clarity of mind to properly report on what they’ve found – which is a costly, time-consuming and highly risky thing to do.
- Edward Chancellor. Financial historian, author of the 2022 book The Price of Time.
- Stanley Kutler. Known for getting the Nixon tapes released in court in 1996.
- Howard Zinn. American history from the perspective of The People.
- Russell Jacoby. My former professor, criticizes academia for losing free speech.
- Curt Gentry. For his work on FBI corruption.
- Athan Theoharis. For his work FBI corruption.
- David Garrow. Argues for non-partisanship, for interviewing real people as opposed to referencing other historians, revealed surprising facts on Barack Obama which show Obama’s ‘memoir’ is a work of fiction.