Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn
  • Born: August 24, 1922
  • Died: January 27, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Historian

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Democracy comes alive not when government does anything, because government cannot be depended on to rectify serious injustices. It comes alive when people organize and do something about it. Democracies & Republics
History looks very different from a black point of view. The heroes are different, and the eras get different names. The Progressive Era is no longer the Progressive Era, because it's the era in which more black people are lynched than in any other period in American history. Discrimination & Prejudice
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. Media, Journalism & The Press
If we don’t know history, we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives. History
In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, transport and communication workers, garbagemen and firemen. These people -- the employed, the somewhat privileged -- are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes. If they stop obeying, the system falls. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
It’s only at certain points in history that people realize just how much power that they have. Power
Sometimes it’s a short step from banning to burning. Freedom & Liberty
The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power, the system can afford to distribute just enough wealth to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
They died for the greed of the oil cartels, for the expansion of the American empire, for the political ambitions of the President. They died to cover up the theft of the nation’s wealth for the machines of death. Energy
We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
When you start off with them being the bad guys and you being the good guys, once you've made that one decision, you don't have to think anymore, if you're in the military. From that point on, anything goes. From that point on, you're capable of anything, even atrocities. Because you've made a decision a long time ago that you're on the right side. You don't keep questioning, questioning, questioning Military & Veterans
Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism
If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.
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. Society ;Power
In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people.
One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
War itself is the enemy of the human race. War & Peace
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children. Time ;War & Peace
When people don't understand that the government doesn't have their interests in mind, they're more susceptible to go to war. Government ;War & Peace