Thought Control by Controlling the News

Thought Control by Controlling the News by Jeff Davidson for Town Hall

Like many people, I attended school, K-12, and four years in college. I then spent two years in graduate school. For all the lessons I was taught and all the reading I’ve done – thousands of books – added to all the historical movies, TV shows, and documentaries that I’ve watched, I never once was told that the barbarians who invaded Rome were, indeed, justified.

The Real Barbarians

The Romans were the ones who acted like barbarians to their captors and to the slaves that they made out of them. This ‘personal’ revelation came to me as a result of watching a TV series. On the History Channel’s eight-part series, The Barbarians, for the first time, I learned how the barbarian uprisings over a 700-year period eventually spelled the death of Rome.

Nine different leaders were highlighted in this series, and each of their assaults on Roman territory seemed justified. These leaders did not know one another, and decades or even hundreds of years passed between the emergence of each.

How is it that in all the schooling that we receive, when we learn about the Egyptian Empire, Greek civilization, the Roman Empire, and so on, we’re hardly exposed to their excesses, particularly in a way that registers?

The people that Rome considered barbarians were treated unmercifully. Roman soldiers and Roman citizens regarded them as little more than cattle. The ‘barbarians’ had every right to rebel. They had every right to free themselves from their captors, kill them if they could, and seek whatever peace they might find in this world.

The Official Story

I surmise that with all history, the ‘official story’ belongs to those in power. So, over the course of two millennia, the Roman view of these uprisings prevailed in the history books, and eventually the movies, videos, and A/V presentations that are readily available today.

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