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The New World: Fragments of the Old

Book review by Howard Zinn. The Nation. May 24, 1965.
Howard Zinn reviews The Founding of New Societies by Louis Hartz with contributions by Kenneth D. McRae, Richard M. Morse, Richard N. Rosecrance, and Leonald M. Thompson.
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The Obama Difference

Article by Howard Zinn. 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. As someone who has fought in a war (World War II) and since then has protested against war, I must ask: Have our political leaders gone mad? Have they learned nothing from recent history? Have they not learned that no one 'wins' in a war, but that hundreds of thousands of human beings die, most of them civilians, many of them children?"

The Old Way of Thinking

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. September 2001. Also published as "Violence Doesn't Work" At IndyMedia and Common Dreams.
"The images on television have been heartbreaking. ...We knew that there must be thousands of human beings buried alive, but soon dead under a mountain of debris. We can only imagine the terror among the passengers of the hijacked planes as they contemplated the crash, the fire, the end. Those scenes horrified and sickened me. Then our political leaders came on television, and I was horrified and sickened again. They spoke of retaliation, of vengeance, of punishment."

The Optimism of Uncertainty

By Howard Zinn. Article. ZCommunications. September 30, 2004. The Nation. September 20, 2004.
In this awful world where the efforts of caring people often pale in comparison to what is done by those who have power, how do I manage to stay involved and seemingly happy? I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played. The metaphor is deliberate; life is a gamble.

The Scourge of Nationalism

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. June 2005.
"I cannot get out of my mind the recent news photos of ordinary Americans sitting on chairs, guns on laps, standing unofficial guard on the Arizona border, to make sure no Mexicans cross over into the United States. There was something horrifying in the realization that, in this twenty-first century of what we call 'civilization,' we have carved up what we claim is one world into 200 artificially created entities we call 'nations' and armed to apprehend or kill anyone who crosses a boundary."

The South Revisited

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. September 20, 1965.
Howard Zinn follows in the footsteps of another reporter, John Richard Dennett, who 100 years prior toured the post-bellum South for the Nation.

The Toll of War

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. August 2002.
"Democracy flies out the window as soon as war comes along. So when officials in Washington talk about democracy, either here or abroad, as they take this country to war, they don't mean it. They don't want democracy; they want to run things themselves. They want to decide whether we go to war. They want to decide the lives and deaths of people in this country, and they certainly want to decide the lives and deaths of people in Iraq and all over the Middle East. Faced with this attitude, our job is just a simple one: to stop them."

The Ultimate Betrayal to Our Soldiers Would Be to Forget

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. April 2004.
"I cannot get out of my mind the photo that appeared on the front page of The New York Times on December 30, alongside a story by Jeffrey Gettleman. It showed a young man sitting on a chair facing a class of sixth graders in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. Next to him was a woman. Not the teacher of the class, but the young fellow's mother. She was there to help him because he is blind."

The Wobbly Spirit

Book review by Howard Zinn. The Nation. April 5, 1965.
Howard Zinn reviews Rebel Voices: An 4n I.W.W. Anthology, edited by Joyce L. Kornbluh.
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