They say that history is written by "the winners" (Walter Benjamin, or Winston Churchill, or someone said this)
I always thought this meant the winners of military battles, and therefore whoever won the war, got to write the history of the victories and the losses of those battles, and the history of that war, and they would become the architects of all ensuing historical events FROM NOW ON (like the 'ol "what if the nazis had won?" bit)
This has turned out to be true, as we've seen, from the trials that took place at the Hague regarding the war crimes of Yugoslavia, because the losers in that affair were all put on trial and punished, while perpetrators like Bill Clinton (bombing the Chinese embassy, bombing an innocent population 78 days with bombs including depleted uranium) go onto to be oogled and ogled on twitter "oh you're so classy mr. president" BUT I DIGRESS
And it's probably true, that whoever said that meant specifically war, but it never occurred to brainwashed ol' me that "the winners" could also be referring to something else...
Like cultural wars, like whose ideas dominate a particular scientific orthodoxy? Like religious ideas, and fashion ideas, like anything for that matter
Not really a matter of correctness, but who won out politically, who was more favored, who had the biggest ego and the bossiest personality
Who benefitted the mainstream more?
The story of our fucking lives, right?
Like the bossiest people at work, for instance, who everyone follows even though their ideas or work ethic are not very good
Or the person who gets the job because they look a certain way
so let's explore these controversies as is within our power to do, and see who the mainstream prefers...
nikola tesla vs thomas edison
They're gonna promote their own, right?
Well, Marconi's not a native American, and they give him credit for inventing the radio (although the US patent office gave the credit to Tesla in 1943)
Edison, some say, was a crook, who not only stole ideas from and scammed people like Tesla (from whom he got 25 patents and never paid Tesla for them), but he scammed the very scientists who slaved away at his laboratories in New Jersey. Benignly called "invention factories", but basically groups of scientists being put to work on projects and Edison getting all the credit for them, a way of conducting research and product development that is considered appropriate in today's day and age
He was not even a disciplined, trained scientist - he would repeat experiments over and over again until something finally worked, an inefficient and copout sort of process, revealing a lack of knowledge on the part of the performer of all this repetition
More of a businessman, it seems he was much better at scamming people, and getting other people to do his work for him and that, you could say, was his genius
Tesla and Edison had a dispute over currents, with Tesla representing alternating current, which was able to travel farther and longer without burning out wires
Direct current burns out a little quicker; Edison did apparently kill a lot of animals in his determination to prove that alternating current was bad and "his" direct current was good, which, I think is a pretty shitty thing to do
Both are used in today's day and age
And while Tesla was the one who claimed the energy of the Earth was like a battery and could be split in two and its energy harnessed and we could power our industrial world for free, very recent TV shows like the Canadian show "When Calls the Heart" feature an episode where the protagonist schoolteacher gushes to a class of her pupils that good 'ol Mr. Thomas Edison said that we could harness the energy of the Earth in a similar manner, something he's not famous for ever proposing and which as I have already stated, his rival had proposed we could do
The reason I tend to believe that Edison has been unfairly promoted and Tesla unfairly demoted is because you hear a lot about Edison in school and you never hear about Tesla; the Smithsonian even refused to recognize his achievements in the eighties. While neither invented the forms of electric conduction they were promoting, this controversy isn't discussed in history classes (not in my time). And while there is a lot of controversy over who said what and who did what, when people give others credit for your inventions ( like radio), you know society's got a vendetta against you
Basically, one has been promoted over the other, and the mainstream chose: Edison
albert einstein vs mileva maric vs poincare vs...
"Helping him check his math was a moody Serbian, Mileva MariC ( they even spelled her name wrong they are so starstruck by Einstein), who had been the only woman in his physics class at college." They just had to put in that she was "moody", and I'm sure she became one of the first females to enter university in Europe so she could check some guy's math
According to mainstream folklore, he just came up with this brilliant theory (his only one in fact, he's not known for much else) and his wife who had been his collaborator for so many years contributed ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
Also, there weren't even scientists before him who laid the ground work and investigated these things before he did; NOT AT ALL
They used to work on "their ideas" (referred to in this way in letters to her before they got married) and he gave all the money from the Nobel prize that he won to her. They worked together on their scientific ideas until she started having babies and he relegated her to the role of housewife and he started to take all the credit; this is a totally plausible situation
And while you might dismiss the evidence of the letters, why would someone refer to "our ideas" if she's just helping you with your math?
I find it interesting that a woman is collaborating with a man and there IS NO WAY she contributed ANYTHING to "his work"; her influence went off like water off a duck's back
I mean, LIKE NOTHING
Mileva Maric was one of the first women to be accepted into a European university to study of all things Physics and Mathematics
And it's not like all these scientific discoveries happen in a vacuum. People are building all the time on the ideas people before them came up with; it's not unusual, it is actually unusual when someone just comes along with something completely unheard of or pretends they came up with it on their own
And that's when other people decide that you're totally nuts
So after the popularity of Tesla, and how imaginative and prolific he had been, his achievements have recently been tempered with the fact that "well Faraday came up with alternating current" and the fact that he didn't come up with his ideas out of a vacuum - he improved on them
So Einstein supposedly took other people's ideas further, but the way he is presented is as if he just wakes up one day and the world is figured out
And so while a controversy remains whether his first wife should get more credit, there is also even a controversy as to the validity of his theory to begin with, which I had never even heard of before; I had never even heard of Poincare
His image in society is of a benevolent, wise ol' goofball, when he was a womanizer and a phony pacifist and who knows what happened to some of his kids. His influence on President Roosevelt is cited as being the number one reason this country went ahead and started the Manhattan project, the creation of the atomic bomb and the ensuing deaths of tens of thousands of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
And while you can't directly blame him for those deaths, it's kinda like "what did you think was gonna happen?"
At any rate, the mainstream has chosen him, and both have they ever
sigmund freud vs like everyone
According to a book that's recently come out by a man named Frederick Crews, Sigmund Freud was a fellow a little too full of himself who really hated medicine, exaggerated his supposed oppression for being Jewish, really hated scientific work in general, and really didn't dig experimentation, basing all his now famous theories on behaviors he only observed in himself (which means because HE wanted to fuck his mother, it meant that EVERYONE wants to fuck their mother)
Which if you think about it, it makes sense
People in general tend to go with what they know, and if you've got connections, and you're an alpha persona, you're going to influence the rest of society to your ideas (or opinions). Given that most people in any given time are not educated, literate, or too zombified to think for themselves, it is easy to convince them of something if you want it badly enough
It might be hard to fathom but all society's decisions are decided by small cliques of the popular kids, but when it's as widespread as something tends to get in society, it's considered like a natural law, and not what it truly is, just someone's random opinion that was shoved down everyone's throats
Even Freud's contemporaries thought he was inaccurate, and lofty, and off
But the mainstream chose this winner who I guess, is now a loser
But the damage is done
rosa parks vs claudette colvin
Rosa Parks is the famous lady who refused to give up her seat to a white man and go sit at the back of the bus
But lil' Claudette Colvin did it first
Nine months first
and I guess this by now, 2018, is old news, I only started seeing it emerge in the past few years
I don't understand why her contribution was covered up so long
In the Wikipedia article, she claims her mother told her that white people would prefer Rosa, but I'm not sure why
And throughout the article Claudette does not begrudge Rosa nor does it seem she cared to get the recognition, and then you read that her family has been fighting tooth and nail for her to get it
I read about her eons ago but only started noticing in the bookstore last year - one in a children's book by Chelsea Clinton (UGH i was curious OKAY and it was a laugh riot) and in Bust magazine (see above)
The mainstream wanted Rosa
They say it is hard to educate people when they have been told a big lie their whole lies, so this may be an instance of the wind finally changing on a myth
but who knows?
maybe someone did it before Claudette
the main event: bechamp vs pasteur
Fluorine Magellan loves it when the bad guys win