Last evening on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host knocked liberals who decide historic figures and occasions primarily based on present social values. He referred to the follow as “presentism” throughout his New Rule section of the present (above).
“New rule: You can get inventive with a novel, a TV present or a film, however historical past books – that’s not presupposed to be fan fiction,” mentioned Maher.
The host added that each side are actively working to erase sure facets of historical past which might be being offered in faculties.
“Liberals [are] accusing conservatives of eager to whitewash the previous — And generally that’s true, generally they do. But loads of liberals additionally wish to abuse historical past to manage the current.”
He talked about a latest essay by scholar James Sweet, noting the Wisconsin professor “caught Hell” for calling out presentism.
Maher mentioned it’s “silly” to suppose that folks from centuries or millennia in the past “actually ought to have recognized higher,” noting that almost all youngsters remorse quite a lot of what they did of their youth simply as humanity regrets a lot of what it has achieved prior to now.
“I learn Ayn Rand. I smoked. I used to be into numerology. Yes. Because we hadn’t then grown into the individuals we might turn into. And humanity writ-large is simply the collective model of that. Did Columbus commit atrocities? Of course. The individuals again then have been typically atrocious. Everybody who may afford one had a slave, together with individuals of coloration.”
Maher reminded his viewers that slavery was not distinctive to America, stating the foundation of the time period is Slav – including that Slavic individuals are not Black.
“Slavery all through historical past has been the rule, not the exception,” he continued, including that each one people have a capability for cruelty not simply white individuals.
“But in at this time’s world, when reality conflicts with narrative, it’s the reality that has to apologize – Being woke is sort of a magic ethical time machine the place you decide all people in opposition to what you think about you’d have achieved in 1066: And you all the time win.”
During his monologue, Maher famous that presentists like to check their various group of mates to George Washington’s solely white entourage. He argued, nevertheless, that if the Founding Father was alive at this time, he would possible have simply as various a circle.
“Not to say that there’s some reality to the outdated rubric that ‘historical past is written by the winners’ and it’s subjective,” he mentioned. “It’s additionally true that a lot of historical past is indisputably factual as a result of we’ve got artifacts and cash and delivery information and archaeology.”
“Somebody in Mesopotamia stored a document of how a lot grain they ate: It’s not all up within the air to alter or delete or make up primarily based on what makes you’re feeling higher at this time,” Maher concluded.