historicism

Beck's guest, Larry Schweikart, makes bizarre claim

The Glenn Beck Show on Fox yesterday, July 9th, was entitled "Restoring History." Beck's guests were two history professors including Larry Schweikart from Dayton University, author of several books including Seven Events That Made America America. The first statement made by Schweikart was a bizarre claim:

Schweibart: It's what Progressives do. They reshape the past in order to make policies for the present. That's the definition of historicism ... brought over from Germany. Let's change history, so we can justify what we want to do in the present.

Once again, Professor Ross' Lesson 8 (see What is the truth about Glenn Beck) kicked in: "...I think we can tell errors where we cannot tell what is true (too complex, too subtle, too controversial)."