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May 17, 2008

Why it’s important to listen in History class.. (via Greg Laden).

To quote Santayana – ‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’…. or as a commenter on another great blog says – are condemned to make fools of themselves on television…

And while we’re at it here’s more from the US…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2008 12:09 pm

    I think we should call a truce on using WW11 in public debate it has become so debased and distanced from the actual events to make it worthless. You have to give some kudos to the talk show host for at least knowing Neville Chamberlin was British! Thanks for posting this clip i did have to check it wasn’t on the Onion channel….

  2. Southiesham permalink
    May 20, 2008 4:39 am

    You like that?

    You’ll love this:

    Hello from Nantucket.

    And no, I haven’t met the famous man yet.

  3. May 20, 2008 10:43 am

    Chris – Chris Matthews hosts ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC, and although I’m not a regular viewer (actually never seen his show before now – so I’m not a viewer at all) I was impressed by his persistence…

    On his blog he says –

    “Look, I’m a student of history, especially of the late 1930s when the world didn’t stand up to Hitler and my hero Winston Churchill saw all the hell coming and couldn’t stop it. The catastrophe of the 1930s was thinking that Hitler would be satisfied with the gift of bite-sized countries. The evidence suggests he wanted war to avenge World War I and to dominate Europe. He also had his heart set on extermination of the Jewish people. The horror of appeasement was not in talking to him and letting him yammer. It was giving him countries – like Czechoslavakia in 1938.

    Anyway, perhaps it’s little surprise that our Big Number tonight is the number of times my guest – demanding we not repeat the appeasement of the 1930s – failed to tell me what that appeasement actually was. ‘What did Neville Chamberlain do?’ I kept asking to no avail. The number? 24! 24 times I tried to get an answer out of our guest!”

    SS – the only famous Nantucketian (?) I can find on the intertubes is James Otis, American revolutionary/elsewhere described Patriot (and although Nantucket claims him as a son, he seems to be from somewhere else in MA) – but he died in 1783, so I can’t see how you could meet him anyway. Is that who you mean?

  4. Southiesham permalink
    May 20, 2008 11:40 am

    There Once Was A Man From Nantucket….

  5. May 20, 2008 12:02 pm

    I know, I know….

    ….Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
    But his daughter, named Nan,
    Ran away with a man
    And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

  6. May 24, 2008 8:35 pm

    Aw, the videos are gone.

  7. May 26, 2008 7:05 pm

    Seem to be working fine here Coleen!

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