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‘I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! May 13, 2009.
Legendary historian Howard Zinn joins us to talk about war, torture and the teaching of history. Zinn says had Obama heeded the lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he wouldn’t be escalating U.S. attacks abroad and increasing the size of the U.S. military budget.

‘To Be Neutral, To Be Passive In A Situation Is To Collaborate With Whatever Is Going On’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! April 27, 2005.
Howard Zinn: I believe neutrality is impossible, because the world is already moving in certain directions. Wars are going on. Children are starving. And to be neutral, to pretend to neutrality, to not take a stand in a situation like that is to collaborate with whatever is going on, to allow it to happen. I did not want to be a collaborator with what was happening. I wanted my history to intercede and to take a stand on behalf of peace, on behalf of a racial equality or sexual equality..."

A People’s History of the United States, 1,000,000 Copies and Counting

Interviews at Event. Democracy Now! February 25, 2003.
Who would have thought a history book could become a best-seller? Who would have thought that a history book could not only become a best seller, but could become ever more popular over the years? Who would have thought a little while ago, Professor Howard Zinn would have sold the millionth copy of his famous book, A People’s History of the United States?

Afghanistan, U.S. Wars Gone By, and the Prospects for a Humane U.S. Foreign Policy

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! October 22, 2001.
Protests against the U.S. and British attacks against Afghanistan continued around the world—from Belgium to Greece to London, Spain, Thailand, and Indonesia. In Burlington, Vermont this Sunday historian and activist Howard Zinn spoke to more than 1,000 people about the current U.S. war on Afghanistan in the context of previous interventions and the prospects for peace and a humane foreign policy.

American History Review of the 20th Century: Manning Marable and Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! December 27, 1999.
"But what the history of this country shows, and especially in this century, is that democracy comes alive when people who see that the formal structure of government doesn’t help them. The formal structure of government does not change the 12-hour day, doesn’t change the conditions of work, doesn’t change the power of the corporations over working people. When people see that that formal structure doesn’t work, then they organize. They go out on strike. They demonstrate."

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.

Historian Howard Zinn on History and Politics

Talk by Howard Zinn. Democracy Now! June 10, 1997.
HOWARD ZINN: After you lived a little and struggled a little and been involved a little, you learn at some point along the line that that’s not quite democracy. It’s very far, very far from democracy. I remember seeing—that voting is a puny act in a society which is much, much more complex and where power and people have a much more intricate relationship than they could possibly have in a voting booth.
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