Overcoming Obstacles

Program #ZINH036. Recorded in Boulder, CO on November 30, 2006.

In a time of war, imperialism and official lying it's hard to be optimistic. The monopolistic media function as a weapon of mass distraction. They say, Don't fret about affairs of state. Turn to the sports pages or worry about clothes or whether Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will be happy. Public apathy about serious matters seems to a problem. One often one hears comments like, "Why bother? Nothing we do matters." It's odd to hear these kind of views in a country that is relatively free and where many of us, particularly the privileged, have so many opportunities to work for social change and justice.

Speaker(s):

Howard Zinn (click to view archive)

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country's premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me, "one step ahead of the landlord." After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all black women's college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina. His book Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal was an instant classic. A principled opponent of imperialism and militarism, he was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. He spoke and marched against the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. His masterpiece, A People's History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers. Among his many books are A Power Governments Cannot Suppress and Original Zinn with David Barsamian. Just before his death he completed his last great project, the documentary The People Speak. Always ready to lend a hand, he believed in and practiced solidarity. Witty, erudite, generous and loved, Howard Zinn, friend and teacher, passed away on January 27, 2010. His words inspire many the world over, "We don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

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