We The People Do Not Well Know Our History, But Rachel Maddow Does

Rachel Maddow is the American history teacher that so many Americans never had. Which is too bad, because broad knowledge of American history is absolutely critical to the nation’s future.

At any rate, Maddow carries the torch for MSNBC in these national infrastructure ads, which are almost a form of public service advertising.

On last night’s program, Maddow outlined how the current fear of public spending is a mirror of 1937, a time when Republicans pushed through drastic federal spending cuts, which in turn stymied the very growth that FDR’s New Deal allowed.

It’s easy to form opinions about what’s right and what’s not, but historians, like those learned minds from the hard sciences, do the best they can to work with the facts before developing too many opinions.

By the way, Maddow graduated with a degree in public policy from Stanford, was a Rhodes Scholar, and in 2001 she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in politics from Oxford University.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.