Tribute: Howard Zinn.

Via on Jan 27, 2010

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We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.  ~Howard Zinn

“His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives”  ~ Noam Chomsky

Howard Zinn, liberal lion, just passed away. Though I attended BU, where he taught, I learned about him via this movie and his best-selling People’s History of the United States.

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Empire or Humanity?
What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me about the American Empire
by Howard Zinn
Narrated by Viggo Mortensen
Art by Mike Konopacki
Video editing by Eric Wold

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10 Responses to “Tribute: Howard Zinn.”

  1. Not sure if it's my browser or your page, but the text up there's unreadable (seems to be cut into pieces by pictures and videos).

    Anyway, I dropped out of BU before I could take a class with Howard Zinn, but encountered him a few times. He will be missed.

  2. Elize says:

    Currently I have been reading A People's History (for the first time). I am not yet halfway through, and my mind is blown. Howard Zinn, thank you, you are remembered.

  3. GretaCargo says:

    Waylon, thank you so much for this wonderful retrospective!

  4. Via Waylon Lewis:
    Now with video via Democracy Now, which strikes me as 1) right and 2) so idealistic that he, and Amy Goodman, would rather be right (in a lefty kinda way) and marginalized than compromised and get anything good done.

    Whatchu all think?

    Dino
    What would the compromise be? Who would you be compromising with? Compromising with the right is like cutting your nose off to spite your face!

    Seth Brigham
    Your commentary regarding Amy Goodman and Howard, well, you finally convinced me that you don't understand the need for truth in journalism, not streamed through corporations, but as the voice of the people, for the people.

    I told you you'd make a good lobbyist.
    They get things done!

    And, you'd make a great politician.

    How about Polis.. finally being for a public option for campaign sake, while he was one of the first to stall health care reform because he objected to raising taxes on people making $250,000.

    Maybe you can join him in Washington.
    He'd love another intern!

    Seth Brigham
    And, what's good about compromise if compromise is more lies and deceit.

    I want the truth!

    Seth Brigham
    And, why are they marginalized?

    Because people like you kiss up to power.

    They speak truth to power!

    Andrew
    You've got to affect change from the inside. I love Amy Goodman and Howard Zinn. They serve a good purpose coming from the Left. But if you really want to change things politically, you've got to do it from the inside. No 3rd party is ever going to happen without hard work and lots of money. So join the next best thing and do something about it. Our country's government is BASED on compromise. You NEVER get everything you want. That's just how it is.

    Leann
    I don't know about Zinn specifically, but I agree about Amy Goodman and Democracy Now: yes, they do report the untold stories, but they also spin those stories leftwise, which I think is ultimately a disservice. I remember a local story that Democracy Now only told one side of – since I lived there, I knew the the other side from local news that … See MoreDemocracy Now conveniently left out. Ever since then I don't feel like I can trust their reporting. So yes, I think there is a tendency to be "right" at the expense of (relative) truth.

    Maya
    Here's more on Howard Zinn for those interested:
    http://www.truthout.org/howard-zinn-a-public-inte

    Dan
    What passes for objectivity in media is actually a more bland form of bias. Even "hard science" is influenced by ideology, religion and of course, sources of funding. What's happening to Obama right now is the tiresome and predictable result of the whole "think positively and work within the system" meme.
    "Left" and "right" are the wrong axis to be watching anyway.
    Zinn, and Chomsky, while nominally leftist, are also anti-authoritarian (libertarian)….and that's what matters (to me anyway).

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