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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Legacy of Howard Zinn

A leftwing historian named Howard Zinn died this year, and he's a good example of the famous Shakespearean phrase that the evil men do lives after them. Zinn peddled every left-wing notion that circulates on college campuses. Zinn was the author of 20 books, but only one is really important. It is entitled A People’s History of the United States. That book sold 2 million copies and is still going strong after 30 years. Its political message is that America is and always has been an evil, exploitative country. That message guaranteed its success among the tenured radicals who teach our children. This book, A People’s History, is the textbook of choice in high schools and colleges across the country. No other history book comes even close in influence. This means is that most students are taught that America is evil and unjust.

A People’s History is a Marxist tract that paints the United States as the source of all earthly evil, a wretched embodiment of sexism, racism, and imperialism and a scourge not only to our own population, but also to humanity. Howard Zinn was a Stalinist in the years when that Marxist monster was slaughtering millions of innocent people. Zinn supported every enemy of the United States in every war and every Communist tyrant, including Mao Zedong who killed 70 million Chinese.

One of Professor Zinn's tricks with his students was to pass around a bag containing bits of paper printed with the letters “A” or “B.” Whichever piece a student picked up decided his grade, no matter what work he did or didn’t do. That trick was to show Zinn's contempt for achievement. Contempt, in fact, was Howard Zinn’s leading characteristic. He had total contempt for America and for civilization.

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