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I ask this ironically...the findings of Assyriologists from the 19th and 20th centuries changed Christianity, and Western Civilization, forever.  In Germany, the birth of High Criticism brought about radical social changes and moved the nation toward an openness to the National Socialist ideology.  In America, High Criticism spread more slowly, at least in church settings.  However, ironically, now it seems America is the new "Reich" imposing its will on the world. 


Social Darwinism dominates today's corporate thinking.

"Survival of the Fittest" gives us the right to impose imperialistic views on anybody, anywhere, any time...and woe unto them if they fight back.

And in the midst of this, the Judeo-Christian worldview's coffin has been taken away from the viewing area...and is getting ready to be entombed in a stone mausoleum...to be henceforth and forevermore referred to only briefly in modern feminist "Introduction to Religion" textbooks as "but modern scholars now know..." with a footnote in German?!


I am not against feminism per se...I was speaking tongue in cheek.  I have simply noticed the overwhelmingly large number of "exposés" recently depicting the same corporate hands which funded Hitler's government reaching deeply through their philanthropic escapades into our own education system here in America throughout the last century...and around the world.  I see these particular corporate interests coming out on top every time...no one seems to read Marx anymore...and I see only a handful of universities even offering classes in Assyriology.


Meanwhile, pop culture references to the "alien-origin" theory of human evolution are growing wildly out of control, with every hillbilly with access to Google publishing a book explaining Sumerian and Akkadian hieroglyphs in the context of today's politics.


In terms of Comparative Semitics...Has anyone even bothered to take a second look at the original sources?  JEPD have apparently been split a million times, now that it has been discovered that they were authored by many hundreds of different female, gay, transgender, Afro-Hittite and Afro-Greek authors from a period beginning with the "original Hindu sources" and ending with Thomas Jefferson, who apparently translated the Bible into several languages in a row ( I heard somebody's momma's brother's cousin's sister say it was Sanskrit, then Hindi, then Latin, then Linear B, then Coptic, then English?), burning all of his source manuscripts each time and sometimes completely changing the meanings between translations to embody a completely different religion each time.


And allthewhile, the 3 licensed Assyriologists in America are getting ready to retire...and...we should all just...study other fields?


Does anyone else feel my pain?

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Idk, like write a wikipedia article about it? But try to use less problematic language, and also back up your claims (in what field do you believe people aren't reading Marx? Even some STEM programs think of it as canon.)


That critique aside: comp lit, comparative human development, interdisciplinary anthro, LIS/museum studies with a focus on archives, middle eastern studies, and critical theory (to name few) have scholars working on what you're talking about. If you're struggling to find specific programs or faculty, search professor interests rather than schools or degrees. 

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Social Darwinism dominates today's corporate thinking.


actually, Marx is much more widely known than Veblen, even in corporate settings.




wildly out of control 


Wildly! Out! Of! Control!


seriously, you should take a chill pill and stop trolling the forums 

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Since you know that this field is vanishingly small, there are no experts on this forum WRT to the topic, and given your disorganized and seemingly pointless diatribe; we have to assume two things: (1) Poe's law is in effect, and (2) you aren't any kind of expert or truly knowledgeable on the topic, or you would seek a forum where people could actually engage you.

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