Zinn on class in America

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Zinn on class in America

Howard Zinn: In the United States we are brought up to think there’s only one class

The Real News spoke to Howard Zinn and discussed the current class struggles that exist in the United States of America.

“In the United States we are really brought up to think there’s only really one class. That is, the idea of class conflict, class struggle, that is foreign to American culture.” says Zinn. “We’re brought up to think that were part of one big happy family,” according to Zinn this is simply a perpetuated lie that contradicts the reality that a large percentage of the population doesn’t fit in to this happy family model.

Zinn continues acknowledging that people are starting to realize that they belong to a class based society and the implications this has. “Today the word class sort of comes as a jarring intrusion in to our complacency about “oh we’re all one class” because it seems clearer now than it has been that we really do have different classes and people are becoming more aware of this.” He emphasizes the massive imbalance that exists stating “we have a very very rich class of people up there at the top of the heap.. “.

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6 thoughts on “Zinn on class in America

  1. Looking forward to the next segment…

    People should be listening very carefully to everything he says.

    It is the responsibility of the ‘progressives’ to make sure Obama doesn’t fall prey to the bad advisor’s he’s appointed, lest the cons reappear in ‘2008’ (sic), an ironic slip, because their strength in ’08 indicated how organized they are.

    Unfortunately the ‘grass roots movement’ appears to be ‘Tea Parties’.

    Certainly a $trillion wasted on the military, and the hundreds of billions wasted on under-taxing the top 1/2% income would solve so much of our ‘class’ problems, but it seems the most activist among us are those of the ‘working class’ who, like Joe the Plumber (who’s now a commentator for FOX) espouse vehemently the antithesis of these things.

    ‘Class warfare’ appears at this point to be a gun-rights militia against Obama’s stimulus plan. Which is so Ironic since, as Zinn points out, Obama is basically trying to fix private enterprise in ‘trickle down’ fashion, instead of helping the people who need it most.

    But if he did bail out the people, the pitchfork-wielding hoards of Foxers would blame him for instigating class warfare.

    This culture is completely upside down. Monsanto must’ve really changed the food supply for the ‘grass roots’ to be hypnotized corporate pawns activating against their own interest.

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