Sunday, March 29, 2009

You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train: Zinn

I just rented the documentary of the title of this entry and was treated immediately to several great quotes from Howard Zinn.

"They say we are disturbing the peace but there is no peace, what we are disturbing is the war."

"If you don't know your history then it is like you were born yesterday."

"I've always resented the smug statement of politicians, media commentators, and corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard enough you would become rich. The meaning of that was: If you are poor, you haven't worked hard enough. I knew this was a lie, about my father and millions of others—men and women who worked harder than anyone."

"...if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

Right on!

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