Have you ever been stymied arguing with someone deeply immersed in the idea that history is but one conspiracy of the powerful after another, one crime after another, such that the most criminal nations and the most advanced nations are necessarily seen to be one and the same? Have you not known how to respond to the idea that since the USA was founded by slave holders and by people who violently replaced the aboriginal peoples of America, then the country and all the constitutional ideas of the American founding fathers must, perforce, be illegitimate?
In showing us a much more sane way of thinking, Barry Rubin doesn't provide an analysis of the ultimate anthropological reasons why the historical process is never well understood in terms of a conspiracy of power. But he does provide an example of a straightforward way of rebutting the nihilism that currently rules the teaching of history in the West:
RubinReports: The Great Debate over America: Promise Achieved or Promise Broken?