But the further back you go, the harder history can be to sell. As progress distances us from our pasts, we begin to realize what L. P. Hartley meant when he wrote that “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” Mod and Rockabilly women already have to justify to their modern sensibilities why they feel such kinship with a far more gender-restrictive age. Going back in time means going back to an age before Civil Rights, before Roe v. Wade and women in the workplace. Before homosexuality was decriminalized. Going back in time means peeling away layers of progress one by one until minority groups who have fought so hard for so long to be heard become voiceless again.
My own nostalgia for the Victorian era sometimes makes me feel like a criminal.
When I was in my teens I liked history well enough. I noticed that a lot of the older folks I knew took a more avid interests. I got the impression that it came with age. Yesterday I was thinking about how much my interests has increased every year – reflected in this blog to some degree. Though I do not feel guilty. I don’t advocate a return to the past – for many of the reason that Rachel Cochran lists. Though unlike her Victorian obsession I have never looked at the past through the haze of misplaced nostalgia. Things like illustrations for flying machines, a photograph of famous documents like the Declaration of Independence, paintings that show a break with classical fine art tradition – those all show imagination and progress. learning about WW II or the Pontiac Rebellion, can – they don’t always, depending on the perspective bias of the reader – teach us about mistakes not to repeat.
A Montana man accused of waterboarding four children as a learning experience for them has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will receive probation.
The children were the Jefferson County man’s 9- and 12-year-old sons and two neighbor kids, ages 13 and 15, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
He also tortured a couple of the neighbor’s kids. Maybe he was given the impression by conservatives that torture was moral and legal. From 2000 to 2008, with a few exceptions, Republicans claimed that torture was not only legal, but that being against torture was unpatriotic. Many conservatives still believe that torture is a positive moral act, CNN Republican political analyst Erick Erickson : Give A Medal To Store Employee Who Beat Shopper’s Child With Belt.