24 October 2009

History & Politics

"One of the principal reasons that policymakers should study history is to avoid repeating the mistakes of their predecessors. Mistakes in the realm of economics, social policy, defense, and foreign policy all come to mind . . . By knowledge of history, I do not mean a professional historian who grasps all the nuances of what has occurred in the world over the last 500 years . . . What I have in mind is something else . . . a practical understanding of what has worked in the past and what has not."

Read this interesting piece here at The American Thinker.


Pam Walter said...

Well said, and when it comes to mistakes, this administration is giving future generations a long list of things to look back on in the realm of things that haven't worked. www.satisfiedsole.com

Chaps said...

History does not matter much to politicians. For them the distant past is the last election; the far future is the next election. Their arrogance allows them to believe that they have the smarts to make things work that have never worked before.