I Will Continue the Tradition

Howard Zinn has died. The wonderful man who wrote books and gave speeches and walked picket lines and spoke out against war and tyranny… he has died.  The human who through his work, taught me so much about who am I, what I am passionate about, how the world came to be as it is.. learning about the world from the powerless instead of the powerful.

Howard Zinn has died and I never got a chance to thank him in person. I never got a chance to let him know, like so many throughout the world, I will continue to speak out, I will continue to try and give voice to the voiceless. I would have liked to tell him in person, but instead I will just continue the tradition…

“People in all countries need the spirit of disobedience to the state. The state that is not a metaphysical thing. But a thing of force and wealth. And we need a kind of declaration of interdependence among people in all countries of the world who are striving for the same thing.” – Howard Zinn 1970


  1. luiz paulo
    January 29, 2010

    unfortunately I do not know your work, talk more about bicicly

  2. February 1, 2010

    For a guy that teaches history, I’m embarrassed to say I never got around to reading Zinn. Knew of him, of course, and agreed with him, but when you teach 5th graders, his interpretations of events would get me fired.

    Of course, now I don’t give a shit and so I bought “Peoples” yesterday and am starting it now. Time for a new way of thinking at that age.

  3. luiz paulo
    February 1, 2010

    thank you Brian

  4. bicyclemark
    February 9, 2010

    B Ill record some of the reading next week. The response so far is good so Ill have an array of enthusiastic readers!

  5. Madeleine
    February 13, 2010

    The day Howard Zinn died I went to my bookshelf for A People’s History so that I could reread this great book. He was a an amazing person and the world will miss him.

  6. bicyclemark
    February 13, 2010

    Thanks for comment. I did the same and I’m organizing a peoples history reading here in Amsterdam. It’s been fun preparing..

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