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July 29, 2005


Janet Busch

Thanks for sending me to this informative series. I haven't been to the Davis site for a while, and I see that I've missed a lot.

As I read, it struck me how important it is to have intellectuals who are able to bring past experiences in human ways of life to light, especially at critical times (like now). I have certainly felt the lack of it these days. It is easy to see how Americans, generally speaking, have become unarmed against enemy propaganda; we have stopped teaching history and replaced it with "culture studies." Learning about the particulars of tribal dancing or food preparation doesn't tell you anything about the ideas that rule the culture, nor does it teach you how to make a judgment about it. It is a stark lesson (and a really good reason to have this site!)


Jason Roberts


Thanks for your comments. Victor Hanson is really an amazing person if you take the time to read him. I'm currently reading his book, "Fields Without Dreams" and am loving it. I would suggest it, as well as "Who Killed Homer?" and "Carnage and Culture".

And (obviously!) I agree with your view on History. History is the precedent that we build upon; the world does not exist in a vacuum, independent of all links. Everything we are is because of what we were, and everything we will be is because of what we are now. You can't separate the past from the present from the future. Doing so is like cutting off your legs and wondering why you can't run. Sadly, it's a lesson that most people don't understand today. Edward Gibbon beautifully said, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.”

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