A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Obama's Historic Victory
"Those of us on the Left who have criticized Obama, as I have, for his failure to take bold positions on the war and on the economy, must join the exultation of those Americans, black and white, who shouted and wept Tuesday night as they were informed that Barack Obama had won the presidential election. It is truly a historic moment, that a black man will lead our country. The enthusiasm of the young, black and white, the hopes of their elders, cannot simply be ignored."
-Howard Zinn, MichaelMoore.com
Nov 8, 2008
"There’s a man in Florida who has been writing to me for years (ten pages, handwritten) though I’ve never met him. He tells me the kinds of jobs he has held—security guard, repairman, etc. He has worked all kinds of shifts, night and day, to barely keep his family going. His letters to me have always been angry, railing against our capitalist system for its failure to assure 'life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness' for working people."
-Howard Zinn, The Progressive
Mar 1, 2008
Can We Handle the Truth?
An excerpt from the book A Power Governments Cannot Suppress.
-Howard Zinn, Utne Reader
"I was recently invited to participate in a symposium on the Boston Massacre. I said I would speak, but only if I could also speak about other massacres in American history. . ."
Oct 1, 2007
Howard Zinn on New Dimensions
"DECENT UNDER THE SURFACE with Howard Zinn.
Howard Zinn, a professor emeritus of Boston University, is the author of many books including the million-selling classic, A People's History of the United States (Harper Perennial Modern Classics 2005), The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (City Lights Books 2006), and The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency (Seven Story Press 2007). To learn more about the work of Howard Zinn go to www.howardzinn.com"
Oct 1, 2007
The Jon Elliott Show
Buzzing with ideas, stories, and anecdotes spanning from the Revolutionary War and the War with Mexico through to World War II, Vietnam, 9/11, and the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Zinn’s view of American history is not a praise of famous leaders, but those who rebelled against them in the name of social justice. While writing extensively on current events and the consequences of U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Iraq, Zinn also dedicates entire chapters to troublemakers like Henry David Thoreau, Eugene Debs, Philip Berrigan, Italian immigrants Sacco & Vanzetti, and heralds not the soldiers who fought for George Washington, but those who deserted the Revolutionary Army because of intolerable mistreatment from elitist commanding officers. For Zinn, the voices and stories of ordinary working Americans, immigrants, working people, and soldiers comprise the real storyline of our history.Hear Jon Elliott's interview with Howard Zinn about his recently released book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress.
-The Jon Elliot Show
Riz Kahn Show, Al Jazeera TV
Historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, was interviewed by Riz Khan on Al Jazeera at the end of last month to discuss the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his latest book, A Power Governments Cannot Oppress. Zinn opposes all war, and believes a revolution of the people must take place. He openly criticizes Israeli and American terrorism which hopes to oppress the will of the people through indiscriminate violence.
Jun 11, 2007
Fight for Freedom
-Julia Goldberg, Santa Fe Reporter
Howard Zinn on the Declaration of Independence and the war in Iraq.
As Congress members broke for their Fourth of July holiday week off (we only get a day ourselves), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced they would continue pressure, this month, on the future of the war in Iraq. Pelosi says the House will vote to withdraw all troops in the spring. In the Senate, the specifics of what will be voted on are less clear but will, certainly, confront the Bush administration on its unpopular and deadly course of action in Iraq...
Jul 4, 2007
Seventy Years After Guernica
In his latest book, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, the historian Howard Zinn writes: "If we want to break the addiction [to war] we need to teach history, because when you look at the history of wars, you see how war corrupts everyone involved, how the so-called good side behaves like the bad side, and how this has been true from the Peloponnesian War all the way to our own time." Few events illustrate Zinn's point more graphically than the bombing of the small Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, which took place 70 years ago today...
-Joseph A. Palermo, Huffington Post
Apr 26, 2007
An Idea That Can Bring Us Together: Interview with Howard Zinn
Share International: You say that America’s future is linked to an understanding of its past and that Americans would not be so eager to go to war if not for our “historical illiteracy”. What do Americans need to learn from our national as well as world history?
Howard Zinn: They need to learn the history of American foreign policy. They need to know that there’s been a persistent pattern of American expansionism from the earliest period on; from the time of the American Revolution to the expansion into the West in the 19th century; all through the 19th century, moving the indigenous people out of the plains of the West, committing massacres, pushing them farther and farther into smaller and smaller parts of the country and, essentially, taking their land from them – actually, something that we today would call ethnic cleansing.
May 10, 2007
Impeachment by The People
Using tools the Founding Fathers gave us can energize calls for impeachment of Bush and Cheney...
Feb 8, 2007
We Need A System Where The Goal Is Not Profit, But Human Need
To better understand how to confront human-caused global warming politically, The Indypendent asked historian Howard Zinn for his insights. Zinn is the author of A People’s History of the United States, which has sold more than one million copies since it was first published in 1980.
-Howard Zinn, The Indypendent
Jun 8, 2007
On Civil Disobedience: An Interview with Howard Zinn
State of Nature: You once wrote that direct action “encompasses a great variety of methods, limited only by our imaginations”. What methods do you find at our disposal today? And what limits does your imagination impose upon them?...
Feb 26, 2007