Homage: Howard Zinn

“What we learn about the past does not give us absolute truth about the present, but it may cause us to look deeper than the glib statements made by political leaders and the ‘expert’ quoted in the press. Class interest has always been obscured behind an all-encompassing veil called ‘the national interest.’ […] Is there a national interest when a few people decide on war, and huge numbers of others -here and abroad- are killed or crippled as a result of such decision? […] What struck me as I began to study history was how nationalist fervor permeated the educational systems of all countries, including our own. I wonder now how he foreign policies of the U.S. would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage any war anywhere, because wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed our children.” Excerpts from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

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