There’s a tiny bar (The 4th Ward) I sometimes venture out to here that has this on the Jukebox. I play this song every time I’m there and every time it annoys the crowd. Between the drunk-wives club, singing along to whatever the current pseudo-empowering female pop-country hit is, and the Creed/Nickleback/Seether/Etc. meat-head brigade I can’t win.
“there is the past and its continuing horrors: violence, war, prejudices against those who are different, outrageous monopolization of the good earth’s wealth by a few, political power in the hands of liars and murderers, the building of prisons instead of schools, the poisoning of the press and the entire culture by money. it is easy to become discouraged observing this, especially since this is what the press and television insist that we look at, and nothing more.
but there is also the bubbling of change under the surface of obedience: the growing revulsion against endless wars, the insistence of women all over the world that they will no longer tolerate abuse and subordination… there is civil disobedience against the military machine, protest against police brutality directed especially at people of color.”—howard zinn, a people’s history of the united states, pp. 661 (1999 ed., 1980) (via nosex) (via mistaobseen)
Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and a leading faculty critic of BU president John Silber, died of a heart attack today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling, his family said. He was 87.
Without Howard Zinn, I wouldn’t have gone into History. Simple as that.