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  • John Tirman on “Citizen Zinn”

    John Tirman on “Citizen Zinn”

    May 6, 2011

    I think Zinn struggled with how one personally puts into practice the ideals of citizenship he promoted. He did protest racism and war, often getting arrested. He walked picket lines for workers seeking better wages. He delivered fiery speeches intended to spur his audiences to defiance. He testified at trials of dissidents (famously in Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers trial) and took up the cause of many prisoners. What set him apart more than any other acts of solidarity and caring, however, was his role as an intellectual. — John Tirman, The Nation

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  • Howard Zinn on Obama’s first year as president

    Howard Zinn on Obama’s first year as president

    January 22, 2010

    From Howard Zinn, in response to The Nation's asking what the highs and lows of Obama's first year in office have been: I've been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama's rhetoric; I don't see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies. As far as disappointments, I wasn't terribly disappointed because I didn't expect that much. I expected him to be a traditional Democratic president. On foreign policy, that's hardly any different from a Republican--as nationalist, expansionist, imperial and warlike. So in that sense, there's no expectation and no disappointment.

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