Gifted Amateurs

Since they first appeared in the late 19th century, professional academic historians in the United States have been pretty much Establishment men (though, in other days, they did observe some canons of evidence and reasoned argument, and an occasional maverick appeared to remind that historical understanding should be an evolving debate and not a party line).  Where we are now is signaled by the fact that academic historians a few years ago gave lavish praise and their highest award to a book purporting to prove that gun ownership was not widespread among early Americans—a proposition that was later shown to rest upon fabricated evidence.

Aside from Revelation, and perhaps biology, history provides our only clue to understanding the strange drama of the existence of our human race on this planet.  Its usefulness lies in its attention to human experience.  But, more and more, academic historians do not write about people, or even about groups of people.  They write about categories of victims and oppressors—abstractions predefined by Cultural Marxism.  Historianship is starting to resemble a bureaucratic exercise in spreading official ideology.

And so, in the future, we shall place increasing reliance on amateur historians, such as the authors of the books here reviewed.  Amateur was once an honourable term, suggesting not lack of skill but gentlemanly excellence...

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