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Beyond the New Deal

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Nation. April 7, 2008.
We might wonder why no Democratic Party contender for the presidency has invoked the memory of the New Deal and its unprecedented series of laws aimed at helping people in need. The New Deal was tentative, cautious, bold enough to shake the pillars of the system but not to replace them.

Beyond the Soviet Union

By Howard Zinn. Article. ZCommunications. December 22, 1999.
I offer as my Commentary a response I just made to a letter by a retired professor in California, who wrote: “As a great admirer of Howard Zinn, I was profoundly disappointed by some of his comments made during his interview with David Barsamian in the March issue of Z Magazine.” Without reproducing my correspondent's letter I think the gist of his comments are clear from my responses. Fundamentally, he did not like my saying I was “very glad” the rule of the Soviet government ended. He took issue with my skepticism about violent revolutions. He made interesting, provocative, thoughtful arguments.

Big Goverment for Whom?

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. April 1999.
"I have seen some of my most stalwart friends flinch before the accusation that they—in asking, let us say, for a single-payer health care system—were calling for 'big government.' So insistent has been the press and the political leadership of the country—in both parties—that 'big government' is a plague to be avoided, that otherwise courageous people on the left have retreated before the attached. It’s an issue, therefore, that deserves some examination."

By Way of Amends

Letter to the editor by Howard Zinn. The Nation. November 13, 1972.
Zinn writes with information for readers to make contributions to victims of North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Changing Minds, One at a Time

By Howard Zinn. Article. The Progressive. March 2005.
"As I write this, the day after the inauguration, the banner headline in The New York Times reads: BUSH, AT 2ND INAUGURAL, SAYS SPREAD OF LIBERTY IS THE 'CALLING OF OUR TIME.' Two days earlier, on an inside page of the Times, was a photo of a little girl, crouching, covered with blood, weeping. The caption read: "An Iraqi girl screamed yesterday after her parents were killed when American soldiers fired on their car when it failed to stop, despite warning shots, in Tal Afar, Iraq. The military is investigating the incident."
Barack Obama • Photo by Chuck Kennedy • WikiCommons

Changing Obama’s Mindset

Article by Howard Zinn. 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. He’s other things, too—he’s a very sensitive and intelligent and thoughtful and promising person. But he’s a politician. If you’re a citizen, you have to know the difference between them and you—the difference between what they have to do and what you have to do. And there are things they don’t have to do, if you make it clear to them they don’t have to do it."

Check the Facts Before Rushing to War

By Howard Zinn. Article. Newsday. April 13, 2004.
After a year of fighting in Iraq and an occupation fraught with violence, surely it is not rash to suggest, given the debacle over missing "weapons of mass destruction," that it is a good general rule to treat any official rationale for war with skepticism.

Critical Thinking

Howard Zinn interviewed by David Barsamian. International Socialist Review. July 21, 2004.
This interview was conducted at at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and included in the book, Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics.

Delusion 2000: How the Candidates View the World

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. March 2000.
"Every day, as the soggy rhetoric of the presidential candidates accumulates into an enormous pile of solid waste, we get more and more evidence of the failure of the American political system. The candidates for the job of leader of the most powerful country in the world have nothing important to say. On domestic issues, they offer platitudes about healthcare and Social Security and taxes, which are meaningless given the record of both political parties. And on foreign policy, utter silence. That silence is what I want to talk about."

Democracy for Whom?

Book review by Howard Zinn. The Nation. February 25, 1960.
Howard Zinn reviews. Democracy in the Mid-Twentieth Century by William N. Chambers and Robert H. Salisbury.
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