Saturday, July 31, 2010

Leftist Historian Howard Zinn's Communist Ties

by the Left Coast Rebel

A Howard Zinn primer:
"Let's talk about socialism. I think it's very important to bring back the idea of socialism into the national discussion to where it was at the turn of the [last] century before the Soviet Union gave it a bad name. Socialism had a good name in this country. Socialism had Eugene Debs. It had Clarence Darrow. It had Mother Jones. It had Emma Goldman. It had several million people reading socialist newspapers around the country. Socialism basically said, hey, let's have a kinder, gentler society. Let's share things. Let's have an economic system that produces things not because they're profitable for some corporation, but produces things that people need. People should not be retreating from the word socialism because you have to go beyond capitalism."

---Howard Zinn, Madison, Wisconsin 2009

Can anyone here say how many died in the 20th century for the notion of a kinder, gentler society that 'shares' things? Historian Howard Zinn (passed away recently) and many leftists, progressive and liberals think that socialism (Marxism, Leninism, etc.) has failed so resoundly because it hasn't been given enough of an American attempt.

Common sense, of course, --- tells us how preposterous this is. An absolutist ideology melded with absolute power and a fervent faith in the absolute force that power will always create human misery and worse.

I'm off on a tangent (again). The actual gist and purpose of this post is to point the reader to Robert Stacy McCain's barn-burning exposé on Howard Kinn in relation to recently released FBI FOI documents. RSM is one of the best in the business when he is firing on all cylinders - he must have had the caffeine and nicotine this morning (and some rest).

Anyway, Howard Kinn was a communist (among many other things) way-back-when (and obviously, still was before his death). Read it - it's fascinating stuff that dates all the way-back-when.

Exit question - how many leftists in academia, the intelligensia, the press and the Soros-funded groups are actually dyed-in-the-wool communists? Don't forget the White House and congress too.

The truth on that might shock you.

Via Memeorandum.


  1. Tim - I do not know of course the answer to your exit question. But if I were a betting man I would say it approximates 50%

    Just a guess and I suppose my progressive collectivist "friends" at Truth 101 and the all time lover of progressive collectivism TAO would take issue would my number.

    They likely think it is much higher.

  2. Howard Zinn was a great American patriot. He did more for the people of this country than any conservative of the past 50 years.

  3. Gene - Spoken like a true progressive collectivist. Comment so noted and filed. In BS File.

  4. Zinn has done absolutely nothing for the American people, nor for anywhere.

    Anyone who claims that someone is a true "patriot" for advocating Stalinist rule is nuts.


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