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The Good, the Bad, and Oliver Stone, Part 3: Liberalizing Our Minds

Posted on January 16 2010 5:30 pm
Mark Tapson writes about the intersection of Hollywood and terrorism for Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood and Big Peace, David Horowitz's Front Page and NewsReal, Pajamas Media, the Investigative Project for Terrorism, and elsewhere. He was the writer’s assistant and researcher for Cyrus Nowrasteh on, among other projects, "The Stoning of Soraya M." and the controversial miniseries "The Path to 9/11." Mark is currently co-writing a documentary for renowned terrorism expert Steven Emerson.
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Oliver Stone is nothing if not controversial, and we can expect no less from his documentary series for Showtime, “Secret History of America,” to be aired later this year:

I don’t want to put out conventional History Channel product where it’s easy to like it.

Considering that the History Channel is now the home of shows like “Ice Road Truckers,” “UFO Hunters,” “MonsterQuest,” and “Pawn Stars,” I’m not sure what “conventional History Channel product” is anymore. In any case, Stone certainly has a right to follow wherever his personal vision leads, however far astray from the truth. And controversy sells.

But garnering big ratings is not Stone’s ultimate aim for the show. Like Matt Damon’s co-production of radical educator Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak” (widely promoted and presented recently on the “conventional” History Channel), Stone hopes to wedge his subversive series into schools as an alternative teaching curriculum:

It would be a very different counterweight to what they’re learning. Nobody is going to force it down anybody’s throat.

Nobody’s going to have to. With the leftist slant as dominant as it is among our educators, and with Zinn’s famous People’s History of the United States being as ubiquitous in high schools and universities as sexual tension, Stone’s “counterweight” (an echo of Zinn’s insistence on a “counterforce” against received wisdom) won’t be “very different” at all. On the contrary, its Blame America First agenda will fit right in.

Obsessive anti-Americanism drives anti-war Hollywood leftists like Stone, who serve as useful idiots for radicals like Zinn. For them, even Islamic terrorism is justifiable blowback for America’s sins, and therefore counterterrorism is simply counterproductive. At a 2006 press conference for the release of his film “World Trade Center,” Stone expressed his disgust with the war on terror and announced that he was “ashamed for my country“:

We [America] have destroyed the world in the name of security. Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with.

America has destroyed the world. Terrorism is manageable. We can learn to live with it – well, except those of us who will die from it, but the Left reserves its outrage not over American victims of terrorism but for those of us who would defend ourselves and fight back. Because 1) America is always at fault and 2) war is always bad (unless it’s being waged against us, in which case refer to #1).

But back to “Secret History of America.” This project is so meaningful and personal to Stone, that he considers it the pinnacle of what will ultimately be his entire legacy:

Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result… We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them.

And there it is. We’re going to liberalize and broaden this country’s young minds in order to change our way of thinking. Allow me to translate with the aid of my leftist-to-English dictionary: We’re going to indoctrinate upcoming generations to believe that America and its capitalist engine are the source of the world’s misery, poverty, corruption and war.

How’s this for a real educational counterweight? A documentary series that celebrates America as the greatest force for good and liberty in the history of the world, and capitalism as the system of greatest economic empowerment for all. Now that would be controversial.

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