It is wrong to say winners write history because history is usually being written by the propagandists before the conflict concludes. After the conflict concludes (it never does) the winners consolidate history from the lies they told to themselves during war.
Before modern media driven by the technologies like the printing press, radio, television, recorded audio/video and the Internet, religions were used to set the social narrative.
For example, the ancient Romans quenched the empire-wide Judean rebellion by:
- Removing apocalyptic and messianic tendencies from Judaism by only allowing rabbinic Judaism
- Modifying Christianity of Jerusalem with the help of people like Josephus and Paul “the Apostle”, and by erasing James the brother of Jesus and using the new Roman Christianity as the official state religion.
Modern media changed all that by allowing greater bandwidth, greater reach and easy repetition.
Initially the dominant powers of the world used this new found power to set the record straight and be more objective at least during times of peace towards their own citizens. They tried to delete religion because they thought they did not need it because media was sufficient to set the official narrative which is later catalogued as history.
Little did they know, that religion arises from other human needs, like the need to be pure, and the need to live on a world with a heroic story, the need to live in a meritocratic hierarchical kinship while being treated with dignity.
The Internet set the stage for new religions to take form from first principles now that the elites killed all religions.
At first, they tried to simply remove God from the Roman religion, and distill what was left into liberty, equality and fraternity.
Once people had the liberty to choose, i.e. discriminate, and thus create inequality, this new religion split into one that seeks liberty and another that seeks equality. But they soon realized people needed neither liberty, nor equality and not even fraternity. They wanted to live in a meritocratic hierarchy, while being treated with dignity.
Thus from the war of liberty vs equality we are seeing a new religion being born which uses the Internet and its quirks as its media.
The elites are quick to crush these new religions within the Internet but are failing miserably.
These new religions have their own history, and they fight each other much like Roman polytheism vs Judean monotheism, mutating each other into accepting each others ideas.
The future is unknown, and we don’t remember our past.
But we are sure nothing has changed.