Two Cheers for Thanksgiving 2008

Everyone has to admit, Thanksgiving is a delicious holiday. Can anyone deny it? No one can deny it.

But what some people don’t know, and what some people do deny, is that Thanksgiving commemorates genocide against the native Indian population. The famous LaRouchian scholar Howard Zinn cites Christopher Colombus’s journals as follows:

As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts (pg 2).

With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want (pg. 1)

Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold (pg 4)

Does that make you thankful! No sir! But, there is a catch 22 about this. Consider the argument of Dinesh D’Souza, himself a decendant of Indians. He argues, in his scholarly tome Two Cheers for Colonialism, that indeed these British colonies had eventual good effects for civilization, and even on the Indians themselves. So, there’s always a bright side to things, even genocide.

So this Thanksgiving, be thankful for longterm good effects.

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2 thoughts on “Two Cheers for Thanksgiving 2008

  1. You’ve got to be kidding, right? In what way is Howard Zinn LaRouchian???

    And D’Souza is NOT a decendant of “Indians” in the sense you are using the term, i.e. Native Americans.

    Just out of curiosity… do you actually read and think about these authors before you write about them, or do you just get a few glimpses on the web and then write away? The latter would explain how you could make such factual blunders.

  2. Dear Sylvilagus,

    You’ve got to be kidding, right? In what way is Howard Zinn LaRouchian???

    The correspondence of viewpoints can’t just be coincidence.

    And D’Souza is NOT a decendant of “Indians” in the sense you are using the term, i.e. Native Americans.

    I don’t really have time for semantics. Much more important things to tend to. But I guess I’d just say: Tell that to him.

    NS

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