Empire or Humanity?

What the classroom didn’t teach me about the American empire

By Howard Zinn

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Published in: on April 11, 2008 at 7:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Election Madness

By Howard Zinn

There’s a man in Florida who has been writing to me for years (ten pages, handwritten) though I’ve never met him. He tells me the kinds of jobs he has held—security guard, repairman, etc. He has worked all kinds of shifts, night and day, to barely keep his family going. His letters to me have always been angry, railing against our capitalist system for its failure to assure “life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness” for working people.

Just today, a letter came. To my relief it was not handwritten because he is now using e-mail: “Well, I’m writing to you today because there is a wretched situation in this country that I cannot abide and must say something about. I am so enraged about this mortgage crisis. That the majority of Americans must live their lives in perpetual debt, and so many are sinking beneath the load, has me so steamed. Damn, that makes me so mad, I can’t tell you. . . . I did a security guard job today that involved watching over a house that had been foreclosed on and was up for auction. They held an open house, and I was there to watch over the place during this event. There were three of the guards doing the same thing in three other homes in this same community. I was sitting there during the quiet moments and wondering about who those people were who had been evicted and where they were now.”

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 12:33 am  Comments (1)  

Put away the flags

By Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

Published in: on June 30, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Comments (1)  

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

An excerpt from Howard Zinn’s new book — a collection of essays on history, class and the strength of ordinary citizens — explores the unfair trial of Sacco and Vanzetti and the flawed justice system that still haunts us today.

By Howard Zinn

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Are We Politicians or Citizens?

We who protest the war are not politicians. We are citizens. Whatever politicians may do, let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not for what is winnable, in a shamefully timorous Congress.

By Howard Zinn

Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Impeachment by the People

Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nation’s capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about “unity” and “bipartisanship,” in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present course.

By Howard Zinn

Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Federal Bureau of Intimidation

I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about.

by Howard Zinn

Published in: on January 1, 2007 at 12:36 am  Leave a Comment