Thursday, January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

It becomes difficult to sustain the claim that a war is just when both sides commit atrocities, unless one wants to argue that their atrocities are worse than ours. (1990)

The US political establishment insists that we mustn't talk about class. Only Marxists do that, although thirty years before Marx was born, James Madison, "Father of the Constitution," said that there was an inevitable conflict in society between those who had property and those who did not. (2001)

We in America are so far removed from our own revolutionary tradition, and the abolitionist tradition, and also from the reality of suffering among other people, that we consider as unpardonable transgression of law and order what are really mild acts, measured against the existing evils. (2002)

Godspeed, Dr. Zinn. In your memory I will find hope



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