I’ve always been interested in politics but never really took the time to delve deeply into it. It seems the more you look in, the more hopeless you feel. There needs to be a united front to make any real change and that effort needs to be long term, which is the Achilles heel of any movement. But I can’t just toss it aside and ignore it as much as I really want to sometimes, because frankly I don’t need one more thing to feel helpless about. However, that doesn’t seem to ever last long enough and I find myself back and reading or you-tubing someone like Howard Zinn.
I’ll be honest about reading his book “A People’s History of the United States”. I just could not get past the first 100 or so pages. I kept finding myself angry and furious over the injustice that has been so inaudibly hidden from us. I asked a friend how he was able to read through it and his answer to me was “I kept saying Fuck Fuck Fuck, motherfucker, shit…..”. We the people have really tried so many times to get things right and the powers to be have changed the path for the worse and I guess I felt this is how its always going to be, so I put the book down. It goes back to that cycle of helplessness. But I think I am ready to pick it up again.
Don’t get me wrong, I am totally against a revolution. I have lived through one and know exactly that all it does is create another cage with its own limitations as George Orwell so precisely demonstrated in Animal Farm. Change has to be incremental and from within. Toppling over anything leaves a huge mess that takes a generation or two to clean up and leaves many even more bewildered after the initial euphoria has passed.
These are some videos that are worth watching to get an idea about this great man.
- Bill Moyers interview with Howard Zinn
- Matt Damon reading from Howard Zinn’s speech: The Problem is Civil Obedience
- A little video on this last book “A People’s History of American Empire”
- Youtube seems to have the Audio Book of “The People’s History of the United States”
There are much more articles and interviews on the http://www.howardzinn.org site