A Renegade History of the US with Thaddeus Russell
“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books. Books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’” – Dan Brown
“Fake news” is a meme forever embedded in the American mind. The phrase was first coined by members of the corporate press. They hoped to use it as a weapon to malign Donald Trump.
But they made a huge mistake. He’s the ultimate branding master. And he flipped it on them. Then he positioned himself as the opponent of the “fake news media.”
Before, they set the agenda, and everyone else reacted to it. Now, Trump sets the agenda, and everyone else reacts to him.
As a result, Trump controls their minds.
When you control the message, you control the minds.
In this sense, we can understand how a small group of powerful institutions has controlled American minds for generations.
If you control the institutions, you control the message. If you control the message, you control the minds.
When you control the minds, you control the people.
Universities write the history. And the media disseminates it. But none of them have ever been neutral mouthpieces. Because there’s no such thing as objective history or neutral media.
Legendary Twitter account @amusechimp put it most aptly: “if the news are fake imagine history.”
So what parts of American history did they (deliberately) NOT teach you in school?
That’s the subject of today’s discussion with renegade historian and professor Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States and founder of Renegade University.
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Intro music by Nick White, producer of The Statist Quo.