Howard Zinn was born 100 years ago today, and I cite, quote, and draw inspiration from his work often. My public work and scholarship are grounded in one of Zinn’s central concepts:
From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country—not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society—cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian.You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
In 2022, Zinn’s radical confrontation of the past and present as well as his steadfast commitment to activism is urgently needed.
See the Zinn Education Project and a couple posts of mine below: