(December 13, 2018) The biggest threat to objective history about the Civil War and Reconstruction is the censorship of facts that are contrary to the currently dominant, politically correct hostility toward the Confederacy and Southern whites of the era. Presently it is impossible to even say that Robert E. Lee was a good military commander without being condemned by the mainstream press.
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While no media figures regularly defend Southern heritage, an increasingly popular foursome is at least combating political correctness and fighting for freedom of speech in a general sense. Those are necessary first steps if truthful Southern history is to ever again have a chance to see the light of day. But you won’t often find the four on TV or in major newspapers. They are instead on the college lecture circuit and at The Daily Wire Internet site where they provide video podcasts four days a week.
In rank order I rate them: Andrew Klavan, Michael Knowles, Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh. The power behind the throne is Jeremy Boreing who is the business manager but also a thoughtful commentator. All, save Klavan at age sixty-four, are under forty. All five readily discuss their religious viewpoints, particularly when questioned by audience members who send queries via email.
Andrew Kalvan is an accomplished author and screenwriter. Although he has written fiction and non-fiction he is best known for his detective novels. He was raised in a secular Jewish family in New York where his dad had a popular radio program. Drew later converted to Christianity which first attracted his interest when he was a teenager because of the religion’s prominence within the canon of western literature. He holds a degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael J. Knowles is a twenty-eight year old actor. Last year he released an empty book titled Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide. He has a history degree from Yale University where he won the Seymour L. Lustman Prize for contributions “to the artistic and cultural aspects of the life of the College.” Michael is a Roman Catholic.
At age thirty-four Ben Shapiro is the best known of the foursome. Last year The New York Times published a profile about him. Ben has authored a number of books and has been an invited talking head at CNN, Fox and other TV networks. He is an Orthodox Jew. Ben graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles before enrolling at Harvard Law School where he graduated cum laude.
Matt Walsh is the only Daily Wire contributor to live outside of the Los Angeles area. He is also the least known. Matt describes himself as an “extreme Christian,” which is a pretty accurate label.
While I more-than-occasionally disagree with their political viewpoints, I applaud the highest priorities of all four which are to combat censorship, political correctness and identity politics—three factors that make objective Southern history impossible.