Articles by Howard Zinn

Untold Truths About the American Revolution

The Progressive, July 2009

“We are smart in so many ways. Surely, we should be able to understand that in between war and passivity, there are a thousand possibilities.”

Changing Obama’s Mindset

The Progressive, May 2009

“We are citizens, and Obama is a politician. You might not like that word. But the fact is he’s a politician.”

Howard Zinn Defends Studs Terkel from Red-Baiting in the Times

The Progressive, November 2008

“I suspect Terkel, were he still alive, would have approved what Norman Mailer wrote once to Playboy magazine: ‘I don’t care if people call me a radical, a rebel, a red, a revolutionary, an outsider, an
outlaw, a Bolshevik, an anarchist, a nihilist, or even a left conservative, but please don’t ever call me a liberal’.”

The Obama Difference

The Progressive, October 2008

“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.”

Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire, April 2008

“With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea.”

Are Hillary and Obama Afraid of Talking About the New Deal?

ZSpace, April 2008

“How refreshing it would be if a presidential candidate reminded us of the experience of the New Deal and defied the corporate elite as Roosevelt did, on the eve of his 1936 re-election. Referring to the determination of the wealthy classes to defeat him, he told a huge crowd at Madison Square Garden: ‘They are unanimous in their hatred for me – and I welcome their hatred’.”

Election Madness

The Progressive, March 2008

“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 shower of clichés with a solemnity appropriate for epic poetry.”

Let’s come to our senses about the election

The Progressive, March 2008

“Now that Ohio and Texas are over, can we take a deep breath and come to our senses?”

Are We Politicians or Citizens?

The Progressive, May 2007

“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.”

Sacco and Vanzetti

ZNet, April 2007

“Their ultimate crime was their anarchism, an idea which today still startles us like a bolt of lightning because of its essential truth: we are all one, national boundaries and national hatreds must disappear, war is intolerable, the fruits of the earth must be shared, and only through organized struggle against authority can such a world come about.”