Posted BY: Christopher Chantrill
I don’t know about you, but I am about ready to take the ruling-class enthusiasm for “reparations” and put it where the sun don’t shine.
The current push for reparations, I assume, has occurred because Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project has jumped from the New York Times to the Hulu streaming service.
And, of course, all of a sudden, California has decided to empower its black politicos to decide how much reparation is enough. I don’t know much about history, but I think the Latinos of one-time “Alta California” might have a better claim to the loot.
But then, I thought, better check Google Ngram and Google Trends to see how the present Mass Formation Psychosis on reparations has arisen.
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On Google Ngram, which is about books, “reparations” was going nowhere until a peak in the 1920s. Then it dropped away but shot up again in the 1940s. It is all about German reparations, the brilliant idea of the western powers to Make Germany Pay for World War One. But WWII reparations enthusiasm peaked in 1947. Reading the tea leaves in books like American Occupation of Germany: Retreat to Victory by Edward N. Peterson, I get the feeling that our fearless leaders realized that, if post-Nazi Germany were going to be sent back to the Stone Age, we Yanks would have to feed it.