Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Howard Zinn Dies
This shouldn't pass without notice.
Marxist historian Howard Zinn passed away today on his 88th birthday,while traveling in California.
Zinn was a professor emeritus of history in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He was the author of more than 20 books, including the infamous People's History Of America.
His main scholarly achievement was to play a large part in helping mainstream the deconstructionist school of history, which stripped of the verbiage means that it's perfectly OK to manipulate or emphasize historical facts to fit or advance a political agenda.
Zinn was a major voice in both the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement, who testifyed in court for Pentagon Papers burglar Daniel Ellsberg.
He also wrote plays,including Marx in Soho, a one-man play on the life of Karl Marx that defends the principles of communism and advocates their adoption in America...as indeed most of his work did.
His pal, radical Leftist activist Noam Chomsky was quoted as saying, "His writings have changed the consciousness of a generation, and helped open new paths to understanding and its crucial meaning for our lives."
Zinn, like Chomsky was a valued foot soldier in the Gramscian warfare unleashed against America by the Soviet Union as far back as the 1920's.
As you might recall me mentioning, Gramscian warfare was the brain child of Italian communist Antonio Gramsci, a major influence on the Soviets who theorized that the best way to export the communist revolution to the West was not through armed struggle but by infiltrating its cultural and educational systems.
The Soviets had a great deal of success with this strategy, particularly after WWII.