Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rest In Peace Howard Zinn - 1922-2010

A man who punctured the media fog. A man who said that there were No Just Wars, just wars. A man who along with Noam Chomsky and Gore Vidal always tried to ask who was in power and how were they profiting with their associates from the current grand narrative.
But Howard Zinn always struck as the better man, the better human of the three. Gore Vidal is a joker. Noam Chomsky is a joke. Howard Zinn never slided too far into the cynicism, sticking to the facts of events that occurred, unlike Mr Vidal who can't let a lecture go by without a little mimicry (his FDR is better than his Bush, cause we`re all tired of Bush), and unlike Noam Chompers, Mr Zinn never took himself too seriously.

An excellent speaker, his lectures were great at taking apart the hard cover of pretense`s people put on the foreign aggression of the United States, providing a template to take apart the foreign aggressions of other countries around the world.

Here is the last time I saw a lecture video of Howard Zinn, just three weeks ago. I did think he looked kind of frail:

Democracy Now was his best friend in terms of media exposure. I think there was a sincere friendship and camaraderie between Howard Zinn and Amy Goodman.

All of Howard Zinn's Appearances on Democracy Now as a Retrospective

Mr Zinn`s "A People's History" was the subaltern way to go in finally looking at the way the world turned from the bottom up. Looking at history from the point of the common man, the person at the bottom as opposed to those from the top, was an old idea; but Mr Zinn's genius was in popularising it; turning it into a teachable textbook.

I'm from Pakistan - I've seen what Tariq Ali has done for telling our history from the bottom. Maybe a textbook is now in order?

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