First, because, if not properly untangled, those causes will escape official history. Not learning history condemns one to repeat it, learning false history, condemns one to repeat it, with a vengeance.
There is another reason, much more sophisticated, for getting more correct versions of history: sticking closer to the truth pushes logics beyond what was known before. This way, history acts exactly like the rest of science, logics, mathematics, physics, biology: it forces the mind towards more intelligence.
Many of the official lessons drawn from the two World Wars of the Twentieth Century are stupid, or then outright lies of the biggest type (claims such as pretending the USA helped as much as it could… whereas in truth the USA waited for the Nazis and Soviets to do the dirty work against European democracy, or claims such as “French sided with Hitler” often proffered by Anglo-Saxons… to hide the real maneuvers of those who established the present world order).
Lies proliferated even about World War One, and are even better hidden there. A favorite lie was that the war happened by accident, as it one could mobilize more than twenty million soldiers accidentally over a few days. The war did not happen by accident: less than ten very powerful men brought it on and seven were the top commanders of the so-called “Second German Empire” (the first one, having been founded by Charlemagne, a Frank, was actually a “Renovation of the Roman Empire” and included the kingdom of its founders, Frankreich). Because they were less than ten, they could make their preparations secretly, and all the powers were surprised, when they saw they faced war, on July 28, 1914.
The eight man involved in the plot, was, I claim, Colonel House from the White House, and the ninth man was President Wilson, a racist who hated the French Republic, because it was a MULTIRACIAL REPUBLIC. House and Wilson did not order the march of the hordes of the Kaiser into France, but they established the mood, and the means for the Kaiser to follow their suggestion of a grand alliance against… “racially inferior” France.
I am a philosopher who seem to know more significant, albeit shocking, history than common academic historian. This enables me to draw deeper lessons (and I love the sound of coyotes in the woods, when they artfully yelp to each others).
That Wilson was an atrocious racist is getting known among the youth (at least in Princeton, where everything is named after Wilson). In some striking ways Wilson was an even more grotesque racist than Adolf Hitler himself. At the Versailles Treaty Convention of 1919, Wilson, presiding the relevant meeting, killed a proposal from Japan calling for the treaty to recognize the principle of racial equality. Never mind that the proposal had actually passed, 11 to 17 (guess which side was France!) Hitler allied himself with the Japanese, whom he viewed, with the Arabs, as a superior race.
Hitler’s approach to racism was more targeted to Jews, and scientifically misinformed: he believed half-breeds were inferior, thus ordered sterilized thousands of people issued from the union of (“colored”) French soldiers and German women. Even then, Hitler made thousands of Jews into “honorary Aryans“.
Wilson’s racism showed the way to Hitler; as early as 1888, Wilson offered that ‘negroes were not discriminated against because their skin were dark, but because their minds were dark’. When president of the USA, Wilson had indispensable civil servants of “color” put in cages. Hitler collaborated with some Jews, including the Marshall who headed the Nazis’ invasion of Norway. If he had been Wilson, Hitler would have put his Marshall in a cage…
But what it meant for World War One has not been drawn out yet.,
Plutocracy itself loves slavery: owning people outright, buying and selling them, chaining, whipping, raping and killing them at will is what plutocracy in its ultimate form is all about. Engaging in holocausts is the ultimate form of the Dark Side. Considering what the German Empire was doing to Africans, in plain sight of the rest of the world, could only make President Wilson hopeful. Wilson had been busy re-imposing racism in Washington, after 50 hard years without.
If only the “racially inferior” French could be disposed of… So Colonel House went to Berlin, and informed the Kaiser of American support. The Sarajevo assassination played only indirect roles: it gave the fascists and their plutocrat clients in Berlin and the USA a pretext. Mostly, the assassination killed a grim advocate of peace, the Austro-Hungarian Archiduke, closest friend of the Kaiser. The Archiduke was destined to head a multi-civilizational, multiethnic, multireligious state, that only tolerance and understanding would make sustainable).
Had the Archiduke lived, he would certainly have stopped the Kaiser in his march to world war. The racist Americans delivered the goods, through the Netherlands, enabling the Kaiser to break the Franco-British embargo through the “neutral” Netherlands.
The Germans depended on American materials for their explosives in 1914-1916.
American elite of the DEMOCRATIC party was essentially fascist then, as it is essentially plutocratic now. Therein a warning for today: if “democrats” vote for Clinton, against Sanders, they vote for plutocracy, more of the same.
However, from Lincoln on, in the preceding half a century, the government of the USA had been grimly antiracist. Therein another lesson: progress can be put in full reverse. Basically, thanks to Wilson, the American Civil War was exported to Europe, for another go.
The same forces, let alone institutions are in power (presidency and Congress of the USA, Federal Reserve, Plutocratic Universities, including John Hopkins, where Wilson got his PhD in politics, and Princeton University, where he presided). Those or the like. Since how they churned out evil through the Twentieth Century was not investigated, here we are.
The field of presidential candidates is pretty abysmal (but for Sanders). Clinton’s husband destroyed the Middle Class with his pro-financial plutocracy decisions. Still Clinton is “Democratic” favorite. So was Wilson, more than a century ago. Only Bernie Sanders and the ever louder Trumpetist have called to tax billionaire hedge fund managers as if they were normal people. They are intensely disliked by the MSM.
Racism does not stand on its own. Racism is actually a pretext for exploiting a population. Exploitation, some men deserving it all, and others, none, is really the call of the wild. At this point, men leave love, who nourished them when they were infants, and opt for the Dark Side, part of what made humanity what it is today. The Cult of Death, or Satan, carries them away.
The eternal return of the same? No. The same is not returning, the forces of destruction of the biosphere have been unleashed, and the apocalypse Wilson knew as a child of Confederate partisans, is nothing, relative to what’s presently brewing.