The , “Howard Zinn passed away three years ago, on January 27, 2010. At the time, writer and activist Naomi Klein spoke for many of us: ‘We just lost our favorite teacher.'”*
When I became a teacher I could not possibly keep out of the classroom my own experiences. . . .Does not the very fact of that concealment teach something terrible—that you can separate the study of literature, history, philosophy, politics, the arts, from your own life, your deepest convictions about right and wrong?. . .In my teaching I never concealed my political views. . . .I made clear my abhorrence of any kind of , whether by powerful nations over weaker ones, governments over their citizens, employers over employees, or by anyone, on the Right or the Left, who thinks they have a monopoly on the truth. . . .From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country—not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society—cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian. (, Howard Zinn, 1994, pp. 7, 173)
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Howard Zinn morreu em de , aos 87 anos de idade, durante uma viagem à cidade de , na . De acordo com sua filha, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Zinn faleceu devido a um . Ele também deixou para trás um filho, Jeff, além de três netas e dois netos.
Historian and former guest on New Dimensions, the late Howard Zinn, once said: “To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”