American Spirit Celebrated, Voice of The People, Voice of Howard Zinn

Dear Readers,

IN MEMORIAM: HOWARD ZINN

I encourage you to follow through and view the linked interview. 

As I suggest in closing below:  Those among us who find our spirit of “rebellion” rising, our greater understanding blossoming, need to arm ourselves with information, with historical understanding, with knowledge of who we are, what we are “all about” – individually, and collectively – nationally, and globally. 

Specific to the United States, we could do not better than to explore Howard Zinn’s work.

 Howard Zinn died Jan 27th, 2010, at age 87.  An American social/political historian after his young adult WWII pilot’s service.  His most famous book:  A People’s History of The United States  is the foundation for the History Channel’s The People Speak   program, premiered December 13, 2009.

“My last thought is that Zinn’s actions and words can be a lesson to us to be like him, to never give up fighting for our ideals. “Small actions, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.”  excerpt, Chomsky on Zinn; Dave Semple’s blog “When Cowards Flinch”.

 To “meet” Zinn, to hear a bit about his work from Zinn himself, and to catch glimpses of the History Channel program, see this late December 2009 interview with Zinn : http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/12112009/watch2.html .  (15-20 min?)

 This man’s voice is now stilled.  His unending celebration of the American spirit as found in ordinary Americans, his relentless encouragement to ordinary Americans to remember, and follow, this spirit, is perfect for us to know and realize at this very time.

 Informed citizens, presently “growing” a populist uprising, should know Zinn’s voice, should know of ordinary citizen wisdom and courage in our history. 

 My Best! —MaggieAnn

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About maggieannthoeni

A description once given of me was "rooted in the earth while roaming the stars" - and this has felt 'right'. I believe in something akin to this for each of us. I am a passionate supporter of discovering the autonomous self while serving the whole as primary intent. I believe in discovery of innate principles, clearing the overlay of socialization that obscures this from us. I believe it is our responsibility to leave no one behind - most particularly to respond to suffering as best we can whereever we find it, whenever we are made aware. I believe in this for the insect as well as the most magnificent form of humanity. I believe in brother/sisterhood without boundary. I believe in righteous indignation when it is appropriate, but do not believe in an enemy. I believe in consciousness, in intelligence, in logic, in rationality, in emotion, in transcendence - and am convinced until we generally practice explore and honor all this in ourselves, we remain profoundly immature. (I believe real maturity is known and practiced by many young children, and not enough adults!)
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