IŽll start by apologising for the thread drift.
You said this:
"Appealing to history is appealing to data. Of course, if you feel data contradicts your hypothesis you can discard the data instead of the hypothesis. You are not going to be the first in doing that."
I find the discussion interresting, including your funny and striking observations, but in my view your statement above evades the subject since historical data is useless without a hypothesis and vice versa.
Of course you are mostly correct an I would totally agree with you if this were an academical debate. But this is a different environment so different rules apply.