'Battle for the American Mind' by Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin

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This past week, Not the Bee posted a resurfaced 1989 clip of George Soros and Joe Biden talking about the "de-nationalization" and "radical reorganization" of economies. The two were specifically addressing Poland after the fall of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism – at least predicated on the Soviet expression of it.

It's surreal to see a much younger Soros – who in our day is probably the nearest thing to a real-life Lex Luthor supervillain, funding a slew of Progressive, Globalist, Socialist politicians and radical initiatives in the U.S. and around the world – smiling and talking casually when I was 2 or 3 years old about how to reorganize the economies of entire nations opportunistically with a future President of the United States of America.

It is also surreal to see a younger Joe Biden – who needs no introduction, except perhaps to remind himself who he is and what he’s doing here anyway – sitting down with the Hungarian-American billionaire and being very deferential toward him.

In other news, Dictionary.com asks whether we should use BCE instead of BC to talk about years. A brief overview of how AD and BC came to be contains nestled in its questions certain insinuations about whether we can know what year Christ was born. And that is frankly silly, given that we’re told a certain Roman census was ordered then, whatever the controversy among biblical scholars and skeptics regarding Quirinius.

The important thing I would draw your attention to is how the author of the article at Dictionary.com admits that we’re still measuring to and from Jesus Christ even if the terms CE and BCE are chosen over AD and BC. Yet CE and BCE are preferable to some because they are either not Christians themselves, or else they are trying overly hard not to offend non-Christians.

This brings us to 'Battle for the American Mind' by Pete Hegseth with David Goodwin.

First off, let me just say that I had low expectations for this book as soon as I knew a Fox News personality had written it. This was, however, an excellent read, and it far exceeded my biases.

When Corey A. DeAngelis tweeted out on August 19th that nearly 2 million fewer students have enrolled in public schools, with the short caption “Mass exodus,” I cheered to see it second-hand. I am still locked out of my Twitter account, after all, for clapping back at a certain Chris Jolly Hale from Tennessee over the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

But all these parents in my generation need a viable alternative to the public schools and their vision. This has become clear to so many of them at the confluence of Common Core, COVID lockdowns, Critical Race Theory, and the promotion of radical Gender Theory alongside declining academic performance and increasing rates of substance abuse and suicide among our youth.

Having written and self-published 'And This Is Why We Homeschool' in 2020, I dedicated the second of four sections to the history of American public education because I felt it was important that we know how this all came to be the circumstance. But Hegseth and Goodwin here have written a book which takes the themes of my work in that section and expands them into a sturdy stand-alone work that is robust, well-researched, and of the utmost importance for us to read and understand.

In short, the prescription in 'Battle for the American Mind' is a return to the foundation of Western Civilization - Classical Education. Its case is well-argued and needful, and we all need to hear it.

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