2004

‘Marx Is Not Dead’

Howard Zinn interviewed by M.H. Lagarde. La Habana. May 8, 2004.
"I'll remind people what Marx's criticism of capitalism was. I would demonstrate that these ideas have much to with the United States today. In other words, that Marxist criticism today is exact and current."

‘The Human Reality of War Changed My Life’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Pedro de la Hoz. La Habana. May 7, 2004.
"Those who call themselves objective lie because they pick events and cover up their taking of sides. I do not hide to say: this is my point of view, it is not the only one, face it and make your own conclusions."

American Amnesia Interviews Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn interviewed by American Amnesia. February 8, 2004.
aA:Do you see historical amnesia – that is, forgetting both recent and distant history – as an ailment of the younger generation, or as a continuation of the “way we’ve always been”?
hZ: It's not an ailment of the younger generation but of that part of the older generation that controls the media and the educational system. I find that young people are hungry for information, but their sources are too often the major television channels, which are controlled by a tiny group of wealthy corporations, with ties and interests close to the government.

Candidates Not Addressing “Fundamental Issues of American Policy in the World”

Interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Democracy Now! Oct. 14, 2004.
HOWARD ZINN: Well, the contest, unfortunately, is not giving us any kind of fundamental reappraisal of American policy foreign and domestic. By a fundamental reappraisal, I mean we are dealing with a serious issue of the war in Iraq and we’re dealing with the serious issues of health and education, and what to do with the wealth of the United States to help people, and neither candidate is addressing the fundamentals.

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.

Dissent at the War Memorial

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. August 2004.
"As I write this, the sounds of the World War II Memorial celebration in Washington, D.C., are still in my head. I was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to be on one of the panels, and the person who called to invite me said that the theme would be 'War Stories.' I told him that I would come, but not to tell 'war stories,' rather to talk about World War II and its meaning for us today."

Dying for the Government

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. June 2004.
"Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead — the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of whom there have been many, many more. I will mourn the Iraqi children, not just those who are dead, but those who have been blinded, crippled, disfigured, or traumatized. We have not been given in the American media (we would need to read the foreign press) a full picture of the human suffering caused by our bombing. As a patriot, contemplating the dead GIs, I could comfort myself (as, understandably, their families do) with the thought: 'They died for their country.' But I would be lying to myself."

How to Get Out of Iraq: A Forum

Article by Howard Zinn. The Nation. May 24, 2004.
The Nation has asked a range of writers, both regular and new contributors to the magazine, for their ideas on America's way out of Iraq.
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