Howard Zinn

A Quote by Howard Zinn on civil disobedience, obedience, dictators, war, death, killings, poverty, starvation, jail, and theives

Civil disobedience. . . is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem.

Howard Zinn

Source: Failure to Quit, Pg. 45

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on hope

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To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness… And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. 

Howard Zinn

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on hope, action, and present moment

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.  If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, it energizes us to act, and raises at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.  And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

Howard Zinn

Source: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, Pages: 170

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on politics, elections, howard zinn, tennis, democrat, and republican

Opening and closing of Chapter 9 Tennis On The Titanic

During the Gore/Bush/Nader presidential election, while the entire nation was hypnotized by the spectacle, I had a vidsion.  I saw the Titanic churning through the waters of the North Atlantic toward an iceberg looming in the distance, while the passengers and crew concentrated on a tennis game taking place on deck.

In our election-obsessed culture, everything else going on in the world - war, hunger, official brutality, sickness, the violence of everyday life for huge numbers of people - is swept out of the way while the media covers every volley of the candidates.  Thus, the superficial crowds out the meaningful, and this is very useful for those who do not want citizens to look beyond the surface of the system.  Hidden by the contest of the candidates are the real issues of race, class, war, and peace, which the public is not supposed to think about.
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The ferocity of the contest for the presidency in recent elections conceals the agreement between both parties on fundamentals.  The evidence for this statement lies in eight years of the Clinton-Gore administration, whose major legislative accomplishments - destroying welfare, imposing more punitive sentences on criminals, increasing Pentagon spending - were part of the Republican agenda.

The Demacrats and the Republicans do not dispute the continued corporate control of the economy.  Neither party endorses free national healthcare, proposes extensive low-cost housing, demands a minimum income for all Americans, or supports a truly progressive income tax to diminish the huge gap between rich and poor.  Both support the death penalty and growth of prisons.  Both believe in a large military establishment, in land mines and nuclear weapons and the cruel use of sanctions against the people of Cuba.

Perhaps when, after the next election, the furor dies down over who really won the tennis match and we get over our anger at the referee's calls and the final, disputed score, we will finally break the hypnotic spell of the game and look around.  We may then think about whether the ship is slowly going down and whether there are enough lifeboats and what we should do about all that.

Howard Zinn

Source: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, Pages: 63, 65-6

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on war, human, race, and enemy

War itself is the enemy of the human race.

Howard Zinn

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A Quote by Howard Zinn

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

Howard Zinn

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on war

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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.

Howard Zinn

Source: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/howard_zinn.html

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on shame, howard zinn, and historian

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

Howard Zinn

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A Quote by Howard Zinn on act, future, infinite, live, defiance, bad, marvelous, and victory

If we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

Howard Zinn

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