Posts Tagged ‘Howard Zinn’

Obedience and rebellion

July 28, 2021

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.

==C.P. Snow

Every tyranny must necessarily be grounded upon general popular acceptance. In short, the bulk of the people themselves, for whatever reason, acquiesce in their own subjection….If we led our lives according to the ways intended by nature and the lessons taught by her, we should be intuitively obedient to our parents; later we should adopt reason as our guide and become slaves to nobody.

==Etienne de la Boetie

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 the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over 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 all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

==Howard Zinn

Two types of terrorism

June 12, 2013
Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

The terrorism of the suicide bomber and the terrorism of aerial bombardment are indeed morally equivalent.  

To say otherwise (as either side might) is to give one moral superiority over the other, and thus serve to perpetuate
the horrors of our time.

– Howard Zinn

Hat tip for the quote to Mike Connelly.


Howard Zinn on civil obedience

February 7, 2013


Howard Zinn, who lived from 1922 to 2010, was a famous historian and radical, known for his The People’s History of the United States.

Click on Howard Zinn to learn more about his life and work.

Hat tip for the graphic to Ha! Tea ‘n’ Danger.