Howard Zinn quotes

  • David Ray Griffin has done admirable and painstaking research in reviewing the mysteries surrounding the 9/11 attacks. It is the most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation [into] that historic and troubling event.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Rays #Events #Done

  • Sometimes the difference between two candidates is an important one in the immediate sense, and then I believe trying to get somebody into office, who is a little better, who is less dangerous, is understandable. But never forgetting that no matter who gets into office, the crucial question is not who is in office, but what kind of social movement do you have. Because if you have a powerful social movement, it doesn't matter who is in office.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Powerful #Believe #Two

  • The problem in this world is not civil disobedience...th e problem in this world is civil obedience.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #World #Problem #Obedience

  • No doubt that anarchist ideas are frightening to those in power. People in power can tolerate liberal ideas. They can tolerate ideas that call for reforms, but they cannot tolerate the idea that there will be no state, no central authority. So it is very important for them to ridicule the idea of anarchism to create this impression of anarchism as violent and chaotic. It is useful for them.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Ideas #People #Doubt

  • We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Inspirational #Life #Peace

  • That's generally true of people who drop bombs from high altitudes. You don't know what's going on below. You don't see the human consequences of what you're doing.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #People #Bombs #Humans

  • Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover 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) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Inspirational #Death #Running

  • Because of the control of the media by corporate wealth, the discovery of truth depends on an alternative media, such as small radio stations, networks, programs. Also, alternative newspapers, which exist all over the country. Also, cable TV programs, which are not dependent on commercial advertising. Also, the internet, which can reach millions of people by-passing the conventional media.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Country #Discovery #Media

  • Memorial Day will be celebrated ... by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Memorial Day #Memories #Betrayal

  • Unfortunately, the greater consciousness among Whites about Black equality has not carried over to the new victims of racism - Muslims and Immigrants. There is no racial enlightenment for these groups, which are huge. Millions of Muslims and an equal number of immigrants, who whether legal or illegal, face discrimination both legally from the government and extra-legally from White Americans - and sometimes Black and Hispanic Americans. The Democratic Presidential candidates are avoiding these issues in order to cultivate support among White Americans.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #White #Numbers #Issues

  • To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. 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

    #Kindness #Sacrifice #Thinking

  • For most Black people there is still poverty and desperation. The Ghettos still exist, and the proportion of Blacks in prison is still much greater than Whites. Today, there is less overt racism, but the economic injustices create an "institutional racism" which exists even while more Blacks are in high places, such as Condoleeza Rice in Bush's Administration and Obama running for President.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Running #Ghetto #Racism

  • The fact that war belongs to the past, does not mean it has to be part of the future.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Mean #Past

  • I did not feel proud of our country, seeing that we were bombing peasant villages, that we were not just hitting military targets, that children were being killed. We were terrorizing the North Vietnamese with our enormous Air Force. They had no Air Force at all. They were a little pitiful country and we were terrorizing them with our bombs. And no, I did not feel proud at all.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Country #Children #Military

  • 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

    #Time #Children #War

  • I had volunteered for the Air Force and was an enthusiastic bombardier. While dropping bombs on Europe, I generally didn't understand what I was doing.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Air #Europe #Bombs

  • Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Meaningful #Truth #Law

  • The only hope lies in the fact that the American people - like people everywhere - are basically decent people with common sense.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Lying #People #Common Sense

  • History is instructive. And what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper. Anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy. And when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Writing #People #Energy

  • The idea of direct action against the evil that you want to overcome is a kind of common denominator for anarchist ideas and anarchist movements. I think one of the most important principles of anarchism is that you cannot separate means and ends. Anarchism requires means and ends to be in line with one another. I think this is in fact one of the distinguishing characteristics of anarchism.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Mean #Thinking #Ideas

  • There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Peace #War #People

  • Strike is always a form of direct action. With the strike, too, you are not asking government to make things easier for you by passing legislation, you are taking a direct action against the employer.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Government #Asking #Action

  • There has always been, and there is now, a profound conflict of interest between the people and the government of the United States.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Government #People #Profound

  • And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Jobs #Thinking #People

  • The power of a bold idea uttered publicly in defiance of dominant opinion cannot be easily measured. Those special people who speak out in such a way as to shake up not only the self-assurance of their enemies, but the complacency of their friends, are precious catalysts for change.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Ideas #Special People #Self

  • The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Media #People #Political

  • We cannot create blueprint for future society, but it is good to think about that. It is good to have in mind a goal. It is constructive, it is helpful, it is healthy, to think about what future society might be like, because then it guides you somewhat what you are doing today, but only so long as this discussions about future society don't become obstacles to working towards this future society. Otherwise you can spend discussing this utopian possibility versus that utopian possibility, and in the mean time you are not acting in a way that would bring you closer to that.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Mean #Thinking #Long

  • The rule of law does not do away with the unequal distribution of wealth and power, but reinforces that inequality with the authority of law. It allocates wealth and poverty in such calculated and indirect ways as to leave the victim bewildered.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Law #Way #Poverty

  • The term anarchism has become associated with two phenomena with which real anarchist don't want to associate themselves with. One is violence, and the other is disorder or chaos. The popular conception of anarchism is on the one hand bomb-throwing and terrorism, and on the other hand no rules, no regulations, no discipline, everybody does what they want, confusion, etc. That is why there is a reluctance to use the term anarchism.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Real #Hands #Two

  • Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Inspirational #People #World

  • Transcendentalism is, we might say, an early form of anarchism. The Transcendentalists also did not call themselves anarchists, but there are anarchist ideas in their thinking and in their literature. They were all suspicious of authority. We might say that the Transcendentalism played a role in creating an atmosphere of skepticism towards authority, towards government.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Thinking #Government #Ideas

  • The struggle for justice should never be abandoned because of the apparent overwhelming power of those who seem invincible in their determination to hold on to it. That apparent power has, again and again, proved vulnerable to human qualities less measurable than bombs and dollars: moral fervor, determination, unity, organization, sacrifice, wit, ingenuity, courage, patience.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Determination #Struggle #Sacrifice

  • If we trace origins of anarchism in the United States, then probably Henry David Thoreau is the closest you can come to an early American anarchist. You do not really encounter anarchism until after the Civil War, when you have European anarchists, especially German anarchists, coming to the United States. They actually begin to organize. The first time that anarchism has an organized force and becomes publicly known in the United States is in Chicago at the time of Haymarket Affair.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Chicago #Encounters

  • Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Peace #War #Slavery

  • One of the problems with dealing with anarchism is that there are many people whose ideas are anarchist, but who do not necessarily call themselves anarchists.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Ideas #People #Problem

  • One percent of the nation owns a third of the wealth. The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreign-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and the unskilled. These groups have resented one another and warred against one another with such vehemence and violence as to obscure their common position as sharers of leftovers in a very wealthy country.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Country #White #Black

  • Majorities can be wrong, majorities can overrule rights of minorities. If majorities ruled, we could still have slavery. 80% of the population once enslaved 20% of the population. While run by majority rule that is ok. That is very flawed notion of what democracy is. Democracy has to take into account several things - proportionate requirements of people, not just needs of the majority, but also needs of the minority. Majority, especially in societies where the media manipulates public opinion, can be totally wrong and evil. People have to act according to conscience and not by majority vote.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Running #Rights #Media

  • I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Believe #Giving #Historical

  • When some people ask me about voting, they would say will you support this candidate or that candidate? I say: "I will support this candidate for one minute that I am in the voting booth. At that moment I will support A versus B, but before I am going to the voting booth, and after I leave the voting booth, I am going to concentrate on organizing people and not organizing electoral campaign."
    -- Howard Zinn

    #People #Support #Voting

  • But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Revolutionary #Telling The Truth

  • I did not know much history when I became a bombardier in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. Only after the War did I see that we, like the Nazis, had committed atrocities... Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, my own bombing missions. And when I studied history after the War, I learned from reading on my own, not from my university classes, about the history of U.S. expansion and imperialism.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Reading #Air

  • 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, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #People #Giving #Energy

  • I have no regrets about my political activity, only that I sometimes got carried away with it and didn't find the right balance between obligations to my family and my need to be involved in social movements.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Regret #Political #Balance

  • War itself is the enemy of the human race.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Race #Enemy

  • I believe the American people have the capacity to create a new movement, which would change the direction of our nation from being a military power to being a peaceful nation, using our enormous wealth for human needs, here and abroad.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Military #Believe #People

  • Education can, and should be, dangerous.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Should #Dangerous

  • I am an anarchist, and according to anarchist principles nation states become obstacles to a true humanistic globalization.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Principles #Obstacles #Anarchist

  • I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions--poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed--which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Powerful #Ideas #Roots

  • If you work through the existing structures you are going to be corrupted. By working through political system that poisons the atmosphere, even the progressive organizations, you can see it even nowadays in the US, where people on the "Left" are all caught in the electoral campaign and get into fierce arguments about should we support this third party candidate or that third party candidate. This is a sort of little piece of evidence that suggests that when you get into working through electoral politics you begin to corrupt your ideals.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Party #Organization #People

  • But human beings are not machines, and however powerful the pressure to conform, they sometimes are so moved by what they see as injustice that they dare to declare their independence. In that historical possibility lies hope.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Powerful #Lying #Historical

  • My hope is that the memory of death and disgrace will be so intense that the people of the United States will be able to listen to a message that the rest of the world, sobered by wars without end, can also understand: that war itself is the enemy of the human race.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Memories #War #Race

  • I think a way to behave is to think not in terms of representative government, not in terms of voting, not in terms of electoral politics, but thinking in terms of organizing social movements, organizing in the work place, organizing in the neighborhood, organizing collectives that can become strong enough to eventually take over - first to become strong enough to resist what has been done to them by authority, and second, later, to become strong enough to actually take over the institutions.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Strong #Thinking #Government

  • When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean this: If you really don't know history, you are a victim of whatever the authorities tell you. You have no way of checking up on them. You have no way of deciding whether there is any truth in what they are saying.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Mean #Life And Death #Matter

  • I believe that it is preferable sometimes to have one candidate rather another candidate, while you understand that that is not the solution. Sometimes the lesser evil is not so lesser, so you want to ignore that, and you either do not vote or vote for third party as a protest against the party system.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Party #Believe #Evil

  • Human beings, whatever their backgrounds, are more open than we think, that their behavior cannot be confidently predicted from their past, that we are all creatures vulnerable to new thoughts, new attitudes. And while such vulnerability creates all sorts of possibilities, both good and bad, its very existence is exciting. It means that no human being should be written off, no change in thinking deemed impossible.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Attitude #Mean #Thinking

  • Richard Nixon was not the lesser evil, he was the greater evil, but in his administration the war was finally brought to an end, because he had to deal with the power of the anti-war movement as well as the power of the Vietnamese movement. I will vote, but always with a caution that voting is not crucial, and organizing is the important thing.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Evil #Voting

  • The cry of the poor is is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Justice #Cry #Poor

  • We need to organize ourselves and protest against existing order - against war, against economic and sexual exploitation, against racism, etc. But to organize ourselves in such a way that means correspond to the ends, and to organize ourselves in such a way as to create kind of human relationship that should exist in future society. That would mean to organize ourselves without centralize authority, without charismatic leader, in a way that represents in miniature the ideal of the future egalitarian society.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Mean #Order

  • 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.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Tyrants #Ideas #Soldier

  • To ward off alienation and gloom, it is only necessary to remember the unremembered heroes of the past, and to look around us for the unnoticed heroes of the present.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Hero #Past #Looks

  • If you want to end terrorism, you have to stop being terrorists
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Want #Terrorism #Ends

  • When we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Government #Together #Speak

  • We've never had our injustices rectified from the top, from the president or Congress, or the Supreme Court, no matter what we learned in junior high school about how we have three branches of government, and we have checks and balances, and what a lovely system. No. The changes, important changes that we've had in history, have not come from those three branches of government. They have reacted to social movements.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #School #Government #Lovely

  • With the indiscriminate nature of modern military technology (no such thing as a "smart bomb," it turns out) all wars are wars against civilians, and are therefore inherently immoral. This is true even when a war is considered "just," because it is fought against a tyrant, against an aggressor, to correct a stolen boundary.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Smart #Military #War

  • Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Class #Failing #Middle

  • ...Surely, we must renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Song #Blessed #America

  • Is not nationalism - that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder - one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking - cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on - have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Religious #Thinking #Racism

  • I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Past #Compassion #Warfare

  • Terrorism has replaced Communism as the rationale for the militarization of the country [America], for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home. It serves the same purpose, serving to create hysteria.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Country #Military #Home

  • 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.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Kindness #Sacrifice #Compassion

  • The strike, the boycott, the refusal to serve, the ability to paralyze the functioning of a complex social structure-these remain potent weapons against the most fearsome state or corporate power.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Fear #Weapons #Social

  • They have the guns, we have the poets. Therefore, we will win.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Gun #Winning #Poet

  • The memory of oppressed people is one thing that cannot be taken away, and for such people, with such memories, revolt is always an inch below the surface.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Memories #Taken #People

  • What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but "who is sitting in" -- and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #What Matters #White #House

  • Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Mean #Certain #Ends

  • 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

    #War #Expression #Order

  • I suggest that if you know history, then you might not be so easily fooled by the government when it tells you you must go to war for this or that reason -that history is a protective armor against being misled.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Lying #Government

  • If there is going to be change, real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves. That's how change happens.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Peace #Real #People

  • Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane. But, too often, U.S. actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Taught #Action #Humane

  • Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals the fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such as world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Country #Jobs #Sex

  • We all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Responsibility #Ideas #Long

  • One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Peace #War #Expression

  • In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence hangs on schoolroom walls, but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Wall #Independence #Today

  • Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factorites, whose lives are filled qith cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is. And so, the schools, the churches, the popular literature taught that to be rich was a sign of superiority, to be poor a sign of personal failure, and that the only way upward for a poor person was to climb into the ranks of the rich by extraordinary effort and extraordinary luck.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #School #Law #Cities

  • I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Teacher #Successful #Media

  • There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at critical points to create a power that governments cannot suppress.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Government #Together #Action

  • When the United States fought in Vietnam, it was organized modern technology versus organized human beings, and the human beings won.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Technology #United States #Vietnam

  • Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Voting #Democracy #Citizens

  • Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Problem #Obedience #Civil Disobedience

  • The chief problem in historical honesty is not outright lying. It is omission or de-emphasis of important data. The definition of 'important', of course, depends on one's values.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Honesty #Lying #Omission

  • Emma Willard told the legislature that the education of women "has been too exclusively directed to fit them for displaying to advantage the charms of youth and beauty" The problem, she said, was that "the taste of men, whatever it might happen to be, has made into a standard for the formation of the female character." Reason and religion teach us, she said, that "we too are primary existences...not the satellites of men.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Character #Men #Female

  • In war, good guys always become bad guys.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #War #Guy #Good Guy

  • There is a power that can be created out of pent-up indignation, courage, and the inspiration of a common cause, and that if enough people put their minds and bodies into that cause, they can win. It is a phenomenon recorded again and against in the history of popular movements against injustice all over the world.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Inspiration #Winning #People

  • It's a strange thing, we think that law brings order. Law doesn't. How do we know that law does not bring order? Look around us. We live under the rule of law. Notice how much order we have?
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Thinking #Order #Law

  • You can't be neutral on a moving train.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Moving #History #Justice

  • What is called "apathy" is, I believe, a feeling of helplessness on the part of the ordinary citizen, a feeling of impotence in the face of enormous power. It's not that people are apathetic; they do care about what is going on, but don't know what to do about it, so they do nothing, and appear to be indifferent.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Believe #People #Feelings

  • We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Responsibility #Simple #Years

  • I think people are dazzled by Obama's rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president — which means, in our time, a dangerous president — unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Mean #Thinking #People

  • The democratic principle, enunciated in the words of the Declaration of Independence, declared that government was secondary, that the people who established it were primary. Thus, the future of democracy depended on the people, and their growing consciousness of what was the decent way to relate to their fellow human beings all over the world.
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Government #People #Independence

  • The establishment, whatever rewards it gives us, will also, if necessary to maintain it's control, kill us
    -- Howard Zinn

    #Giving #Rewards #Establishment