‘Magic Moral Time Machine’: Bill Maher Calls Out Woke Historians Over Slavery ‘Presentism’

‘Magic Moral Time Machine’: Bill Maher Calls Out Woke Historians Over Slavery ‘Presentism’


Holding historical figures up to modern-day woke values is silly scholarship, Bill Maher declared Friday in his latest ‘Real Time’ lecture to leftists.

The old-school liberal made the point about so-called “presentisim” in the “New Rules” segment of his HBO show while discussing a controversial essay by American Historical Society President James Sweet. The historian, who later apologized for writing that judging historical figures by contemporary standards “ignores the values and mores of people in their own times,” shouldn’t be sorry, Maher said.

“Being woke is like a magic moral time machine in which you judge everyone by what you think you would have done in 1066, and you always win,” Maher said, adding that presentism is “just a way to congratulate yourself about being better than

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