Howard Zinn Quotes (30 quotes)
“Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.”
As quoted in Quotations on Terrorism (2004) by Harry Kawilarang, p. 61
“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.”
Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1991): American Ideology
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable.”
Terror Over Tripoli (1993), from The Zinn Reader (1997)
“One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression. Patriotism becomes the order of the day, and those who question the war are seen as traitors, to be silenced and imprisoned.”
Howard Zinn on War (2000), Ch. 21: Just and Unjust War
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsHoward Zinn
Born: August 24, 1922
Died: January 27, 2010 (aged 87)
Bio: Howard Zinn was an American academic historian, author, playwright, and social activist. Before and during his tenure as a political science professor at Boston University from 1964-88 he wrote more than 20 books, which included his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States.
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