Monday, December 5, 2016

Recommended Watching

So I've been watching Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States. I'm not gonna lie, I'm weaker in history than I am in theory. I receive an aggressively mediocre education in a not-great U.S. school district, which was richly supplemented with half-truths, outright lies, and general pro-U.S. propaganda. I learned virtually nothing of our history beyond WWII and very little world history. Anything that made the country look bad was glossed over or twisted to make it appear justified or somehow good.

If you're like me, and you probably are if you grew up in the U.S. public education system, you could use a better grasp on history. It is essential for understanding our current situation and how we got here, both in terms of the recent presidential election and everything else fucked up that's happening.

The series is heavily critical of U.S. imperialism and the military industrial complex. This includes criticism of Democrats, such as Bill Clinton and his deregulation of Wall Street and Obama's expansion of the surveillance state and drone warfare.

Be warned. Much of the information is chilling. The history of the United States is dark. Darker than I had expected, even with all I've learned in the past few years as a social justice activist. Take it slow and do happy things in between episodes. Special trigger warning for the Bush and Obama episode: The series uses Chelsea Manning's birth name and misgenders her.

The series is on Netflix and can also be found on YouTube.

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