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Vietnam: Setting the Moral Equation

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. January 17, 1966.
"When those of us who would make an end to the war speak passionately of 'the moral Issue' in Vietnam, only our friends seem to understand. The government continues to bomb fishing villages, shoot women, disfigure children by [fire] or explosion, while its policy bring no outcry of opposition from Hubert Humphrey, Oscar Handin, Max Lerner or millions of others And we wonder why."

Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawl

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. February 6, 1967.
"We are dealing here with an odd logic that it was wrong tor the United States to get lnvolved in the first place, because Vietnam is srmply not “vltal” for American security, but that we must not withdraw from a move that was both wrong and costly because now our 'prestige' is involved."
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War and Peace Prizes

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Guardian. October 10, 2009.
I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize. Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel peace prizes. The Nobel committee is famous for its superficial estimates, won over by rhetoric and by empty gestures, and ignoring blatant violations of world peace.

War Is Not a Solution for Terrorism

By Howard Zinn. Article. Boston Globe and Common Dreams. September 2, 2006.
There is something important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks, inevitably indiscriminate, are not only morally reprehensible, but useless in achieving the stated aims of those who carry them out.

War is the Health of the State

Howard Zinn interviewed by Paul Glavin and Chuck Morse. Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. Spring 2003.
Howard Zinn has been a pivotal figure in the American Left for decades. As an activist and writer, he has influenced generations of leftists and helped encourage a strong commitment to direct democracy, anti-racism, and grassroots action. We asked Zinn about the current changes in the political environment, his theoretical commitments, and some of the challenges faced by radical intellectuals.
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What Do We Do Now?

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. June 2004.
"It seems very hard for some people—especially those in high places, but also those striving for high places—to grasp a simple truth: The United States does not belong in Iraq. It is not our country. Our presence is causing death, suffering, destruction, and so large sections of the population are rising against us. Our military is then reacting with indiscriminate force, bombing and shooting and rounding up people simply on 'suspicion.' …any discussion of "What do we do now?" must start with the understanding that the present U.S. military occupation is morally unacceptable."

What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire

By Howard Zinn. Article. April 1, 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.

What War Looks Like

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. October 2002.
"What is missing is what an American war on Iraq will do to tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of ordinary human beings who are not concerned with geopolitics and military strategy, and who just want their children to live, to grow up. They are not concerned with 'national security' but with personal security, with food and shelter and medical care and peace."

When Respectability Was No Longer Respectable, and Virtue Required Acting Out, Not Leaning In

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Nation. August 6, 1960 and republished March 23, 2015.
One afternoon some weeks ago, with the dogwood on the Spelman College campus newly bloomed and the grass close-cropped and fragrant, an attractive, tawny-skinned girl crossed the lawn to her dormitory to put a notice on the bulletin board. It read: Young Ladies Who Can Picket Please Sign Below. The notice revealed, in its own quaint language, that within the dramatic revolt of Negro college students in the South today another phenomenon has been developing. This is the upsurge of the young, educated Negro woman against the generations-old advice of her elders...

Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?

By Howard Zinn. Article. Boston Globe. June 2, 1976.
Memorial Day will be celebrated as usual, by high-speed collisions of automobiles and bodies strewn on highways and the sound of ambulance sirens throughout the land. It will also be celebrated by the display of flags, the sound of bugles and drums, by parades and speeches and unthinking applause. It will be celebrated by giant corporations, which make guns, bombs, fighter planes, aircraft carriers and an endless assortment of military junk and which await the $100 billion in contracts to be approved soon by Congress and the President. There was a young woman in New Hampshire who refused to allow her husband, killed in Vietnam, to be given a military burial. She rejected the hollow ceremony ordered by those who sent him and 50,000 others to their deaths. Her courage should be cherished on Memorial Day.
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