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and some sad news

RIP Howard Zinn.

I had the honour and privilege of hearing him speak in person a few years ago. What an amazing guy. The person who will carry on his legacy (and I hope to the four winds there is someone) is gonna be stepping into some really big shoes. He is truly one of my heroes, and has been since I can remember.

Some things he's said:

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”


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

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."


"If you don't know history, it is as if you were born yesterday."


"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."

"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."


Farewell, Teacher.
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