Category Archives: Howard Zinn

Nonviolent Resistance

They taught us that the only way  to nonviolently resist  is to compliantly persist , to exist in silence and burn candles  while they burn villages, to wave banners  while they waive human rights. DO NOT BOYCOTT  DO NOT DIVEST  … Continue reading

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It’s a Privilege

Our grandfather was a roofer and he spent his whole life busting his ass to provide for his working class children and then his working class grandchildren and then, when he was 68 years old he was repairing a chimney … Continue reading

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The Poppies Are Everywhere

Marx called religion the opium of the masses but we pray to Gods of war and the poppies are everywhere and we pretend to remember (and care) and we feel so much better now and we won’t dare question the … Continue reading

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A Decent Family Man And Citizen: A Requiem For Vietnamese Peasants

There are certain things that can’t be taken away from the late John McCain: He was a Navy pilot he was shot down over Vietnam and captured he was held as a prisoner of war for five and a half … Continue reading

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Rockwellian Saturday Evenings

I wrote this on Memorial Day 2008, two months after I got home from Iraq. I grew up in a small farm town, and that weekend, while back in that small farm town, I attended a big Memorial Day BBQ. … Continue reading

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March For Women

The President isn’t the disease he is but a symptom. The disease is not new, it is not worse now than it was a couple of years ago or a couple of decades ago or a couple of centuries ago. … Continue reading

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We’re The Elves

Blaming the president and not ourselves is like blaming santa and not his elves   We’re all to blame   They keep controlling us with fear so we pay our taxes year after year   We’re all to blame   … Continue reading

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