Rewriting history at College Insurrection

Report from the revisionist world of higher education

The future is certain, it’s the past that keeps changing.

There is a crucial difference between rewriting history and writing revisionist history.

The latter is straightforward and honorable, the former is fraudulent. The latter seeks not to lie about what happened in the past but to offer a new explanation of what it meant. The former seeks to mislead us about what really happened. Rewriting history is dishonest and deserving of condemnation. It is a form of theft. It steals reality from us. Revisionist history may be good or bad, right or wrong, intelligent or silly. But no one is misled as to what actually happened. Everyone remains free to form their own opinion on how history should be read and what it means. So it’s important to distinguish whether someone or some group of someones is trying to make you believe things that are false, or trying to give you a new understanding of things that are true.

In these times, however, things get a little complicated. In the social and political climate in which we now live, there is more to be considered. Revisionist history may approach the same quality of simply re-writing history if the ugly face of political correctness bullies us into accepting a new interpretation of things that are otherwise true, denying us the right to make up our own minds about it. In such a climate of psychological pressure to conform to the group, the difference between rewriting history and writing revisionist history is blurred. Political correctness is a form of tyranny. It must be resisted.