Howard Zinn’s Personal Philosophy

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bigthink_democracyinamericaWhat is your philosophy?

HOWARD ZINN: I believe, I suppose, in what could be called democratic socialism. I believe that we need a society where the motive for the economic system is not corporate profit, but the motive is the welfare of people, health care, jobs, child care, and so on.

How do you blend anarchism, socialism and communism?

HOWARD ZINN: I think there are elements in all three that are useful.

Is that a practical way of thinking?

HOWARD ZINN: It’s certainly not practical in the sense of something that’s immediately achievable.  But I think it’s very important to hold as a goal.

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