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Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn - hero of the people

"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves".

Howard Zinn 1922-2010

'People's History' author Howard Zinn dies at 87
Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist "A People's History of the United States" became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87.

'A People's History' is one of my favourite history books written about America (Ward Churchill's 'On the justice of roosting chickens is a close second), Zinn's death is a great loss to the left and humanity. Rest in peace Howard, you refocused history on those who have fought the entrenched interests of the corporate elites and the planet is a little less brighter for your passing.


At 28/1/10 3:17 pm, Blogger Brewerstroupe said...

I share your sentiments. Zinn was a rare voice of clarity in an increasingly myopic academic world.

At 28/1/10 4:48 pm, Anonymous aj said...

Hear hear

At 28/1/10 8:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when Noam Chomsky and John Pilger die, who is going to speak for the justice and equality with such intelligent and articulate clarity?

At 29/1/10 9:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naomi Klein, Sue Bradford, Franny Armstrong for starters. There a many wonderful voices out there rest assured.

At 29/1/10 6:10 pm, Anonymous John B said...

Ward Churchill is a fruitcake. His 'eichman' analogy about those working in the twin towers when the planes hit was a fucking disgrace.


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