He was always provocative, thoughtful, an intellectual and true scholar. His work, particularly his book, A People’s History of the United States, taught me to see history as something vital and worthy of critical engagement. I’m not a pacificist but his discussions of pacifism earned my profound respect.
Rest in Peace.
Some quotes from Howard Zinn (h/t www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/howard_zinn.html)
Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.
In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
When people don’t understand that the government doesn’t have their interests in mind, they’re more susceptible to go to war.