Beyond Voting by Howard Zinn + What Else You Can Do: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action by David Swanson

Trouble Maker w Sign

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 6, 2018

Gossip is the opium of the American public. We lie back, close our eyes and happily inhale the stories about Roosevelt’s and Kennedy’s affairs, Lyndon Johnson’s nude swims with unnamed partners and, now, Nixon’s pathetic “final days” in office.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

Christopher Columbus Glazed Tile Painting - 9

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It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published October 13, 2009
October 9, 2017

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
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Howard Zinn: We Should Welcome the Collapse of the US Empire

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 16, 2018

“Some day people will look back on 9/11 and sure they will see it as you know the first terrible act of terrorism committed in the United States by some foreign group but they may also see 9/11 as the beginning of the disintegration of the American Empire. Because from 9/11 came the war on terrorism, so-called, the bombing of Afghanistan and now the war on Iraq and the bloating of the American military machine and the war budget and the deprivation of civil liberties. And I believe that there will be a victory in the short run and defeat of the American government in the long run. And that defeat should be welcomed. We need regime change in the United States.” — Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn: Hidden History of The American Working Class

Diego Rivera Mural at the DIA

Image by Amarnath via Flickr

with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 9, 2018

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

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Untold Truths About the American Revolution by Howard Zinn

11_to have about ten men shot by their comrades

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Repost from July 4, 2009
Excerpt from The Progressive, July 3, 2009
July 4, 2018

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump.

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Howard Zinn: The Myth of American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted June 9, 2010
June 11, 2018

Video Lectures
March 14, 2005

Running Time: 1:32:02

Americans have long embraced a notion of superiority, claims Howard Zinn. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony described establishing “a city on a hill,” to serve the world as a beacon of liberty. So far, so good. But driving this sense of destiny, says Zinn, was an assumption of divine agency—“an association between what the government does and what God approves of.” And too frequently, continues Zinn, Americans have invoked God to expand “into someone else’s territory, occupying and dealing harshly with people who resist occupation.”

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The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn + Matt Damon Reads from Howard Zinn’s Speech

DISOBEY

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published on November 25, 2013
March 22, 2018

[By the latter part of May, 1970, feelings about the war in Vietnam had become almost unbearably intense. In Boston, about a hundred of us decided to sit down at the Boston Army Base and block the road used by buses carrying draftees off to military duty. We were not so daft that we thought we were stopping the flow of soldiers to Vietnam; it was a symbolic act, a statement, a piece of guerrilla the after. We were all arrested and charged, in the quaint language of an old statute, with “sauntering and loitering” in such a way as to obstruct traffic.

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Lazy-Minded Liberals and “The Trump Effect” by Paul Street

Political Art

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street
January 13, 2018

*This essay (below) was published on Counterpunch on Friday, January 12, 2018. It was written and submitted before I learned about Donald Trump’s sickening racist comments calling Haiti and Africa (home to 48 nations) “shithole countries.” Trump’s racist remarks have led me to alter and add text (seen in italics) in this essay’s next-to-last paragraph.

Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.

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A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 10, 2017

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn (repost)

Ageless Beauty by Kaleb A Woman from the 1800s 'The Works' - Kids in the Hall Bistro

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted August 14, 2011
October 24, 2017

Chapter 6 from A People’s History of the United States.

It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country. The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. The very invisibility of women, the overlooking of women, is a sign of their submerged status.

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Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

Christopher Columbus Glazed Tile Painting - 9

Image by Anthony Catalano via Flickr

It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again.

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published October 13, 2009
October 9, 2017

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States.

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
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Howard Zinn: The Interpretation of History (1997; must-see)

Howard Zinn

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with Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted February 5, 2014
October 1, 2017

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

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Howard Zinn and Michael Parenti: Liberty Bound (2004)

The patriot act is watching you

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with Howard Zinn and
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Originally posted April 10, 2010
August 12, 2017

Christine Rose on Jun 13, 2012

A US Citizen’s journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Repost from July 3, 2010
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2017

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Untold Truths About the American Revolution by Howard Zinn (2009)

11_to have about ten men shot by their comrades

Image by Jim Surkamp via Flickr

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Repost from July 4, 2009
Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009
July 4, 2017

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump.

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