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Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn was a historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright, best known as author of the bestseller A People's History of the United States. The author of some 20 books, he was a Professor in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He died in 2010.

“Our country is full of heroic people who are not Presidents or military leaders or Wall Street wizards, but who are doing something to keep alive the spirit of resistance to injustice and war.” Read more

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The People's Historian was born August 24, 1922. We share a piece on immigration he published with us in our July 2006 issue—entirely relevant today. Read more

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In honor of Veterans Day 2014, we present from our archive a 2004 essay by Howard Zinn on just and unjust war. Read more

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"Let the dead of all our wars be honored. Let the living pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again." Read more

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Another Memorial Day. Another war. Yes, let's honor those who died in the nation's many wars. But if we do not want to keep adding to the soldiers' graves, let's also ask why they died.We know our political leaders will speak solemnly to the nati... Read more

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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. Read more

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"Yes, we’re dreamers. We want it all. We want a peaceful world. We want an egalitarian world. We don’t want war. We don’t want capitalism. We want a decent society." Read more

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The American Revolution was not a simple affair of all of us against all of them. And who actually gained from it? Not the Indians. Read more

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Obama has to be pulled in the right direction. Read more

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Reading Edward Rothstein’s sour commentary on Studs Terkel in the New York Times on November 2 I was surprised that Rothstein, presumably a sophisticated thinker, seems to believe one can separate one’s political views from a historical narrative, Read more

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It seems that Barack Obama and John McCain are arguing over which war to fight. McCain says: Keep the troops in Iraq until we “win.” Obama says: Withdraw some (not all) troops from Iraq and send them to fight and “win” in Afghanistan. As s... Read more

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The very people who should know better, having criticized the hold of the media on the national mind, find themselves transfixed by the press, glued to the television set, as the candidates preen and smile and bring forth a show... Read more

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Election fever has seized the country, as it does every four years. Now I’m not saying elections are totally insignificant, and that we should refuse to vote to preserve our moral purity. I’m talking about a sense of proportion that gets ... Read more

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When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them. As I write this, Congress is debating timetables for withdrawal from... Read more

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The time is right, then, for a national campaign calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Read more

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The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the impeachment of a president who is responsible for death, destruction and chaos in that country. Read more

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Everything we do is important. Every little thing we do, every picket line we walk on, every letter we write, every act of civil disobedience we engage in, any recruiter that we talk to, any parent that we talk to, any GI that we talk to. Read more

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We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, not to any one nation. Read more

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A more honest estimate of ourselves as a nation would prepare us all for the next barrage of lies that will accompany the next proposal to inflict our power on some other part of the world. Read more

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If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. But if we know some history, if we know how many times presidents have lied to us, we will not... Read more

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