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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:58 AM

Can We Handle the Truth? Howard Zinn

I was recently invited to participate in a symposium on the Boston Massacre. I said I would speak, but only if I could also speak about other massacres in American history.

The Boston Massacre, which took place on March 5, 1770, when British troops killed five colonists, is a much-remembered--indeed, overremembered--event. Even the word massacre is a bit of an exaggeration; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary says the word denotes 'wholesale slaughter.'

Still, there is no denying the ugliness of a militia firing into a crowd, using as its rationale the traditional claim of trigger-happy police--that the crowd was 'unruly' (as it undoubtedly was). John Adams, who was a defense lawyer for the nine accused British soldiers and secured acquittals for seven of them, described the crowd as 'a motley rabble of saucy boys, Negroes and mulattos, Irish teagues, and outlandish jack tarrs.'

Adams could hardly have expressed more clearly the fact that the race and class of the victims made their lives less precious. This was one of many instances in which the Founding Fathers registered their desire to keep revolutionary fervor under the control of the more prosperous classes.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/2007-09-01/Politics/CanWeHandletheTruth.aspx#ixzz2EqVqZT2t



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BridgeTheGap Dec 2012 OP
handmade34 Dec 2012 #1
leveymg Dec 2012 #2
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #3
graham4anything Dec 2012 #4
marmar Dec 2012 #5
graham4anything Dec 2012 #6
PETRUS Dec 2012 #7
cbrer Dec 2012 #8
JoSpits Dec 2012 #9

Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:03 AM

1. thanks for the link...

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 09:54 AM

2. As Howard Zinn taught, "class" is the last unspeakable word in American political discourse.

Somehow, we are so exceptional that the reality and analysis of class uniquely doesn't arise or apply here. That is because, as I found out over the course of three years in various course and seminars with Prof. Zinn, in American politics, the media, and in academia -- places where elsewhere in the world this subject would constantly be haggled out in public -- we are either under a regime of totalitarian self-censorship or successfully segregated safely away from wider public notice and comment. "Serious people" just don't speak about class in America, not outside carefully controlled forums, anyway, so it doesn't exist.

What gets said on these subjects in paneled committee rooms and graduate seminars never, ever gets covered in the corporate media. That is because news and information in America are products, privately owned and tightly controlled by corporations who have a virtual monopoly on the means of mass dissemination of ideas. That reality has only changed at the margins from what it was in the '80s with the coming of the Internet.

The United States in this sense is the least free of all the western societies, and for more than 75 years Americans have paid an increasingly steep price for that in the poverty of our politics and the inequalities of American society

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:10 AM

3. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, BridgeTheGap.

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:12 AM

4. As our system has always been like that, the progressives (unlike the liberals) should now hush up

 

it's nothing new

it's always been like this

so it always will

good enough for the founding fathers, good enough now.

So maybe the progressives should let the liberals work on keep adding more and more 10% forward of every social issues and back off attempting to get Obama out of office and some progressive as a future nominee who will lose and drive everything backward and get us nothing but whines

thanks Howard, for pointing out the truth.

(of course the truth will not be what one takes out of this, watch and see).

(of course the progressive in the media, books, and whatall make their living and like rush on the right find that whining makes a continuous stream of income

If everything were perfect, those media sensations wouldn't have a job (secret truth there)

imho of course and nothing more

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:26 AM

5. 'the progressives (unlike the liberals) should now hush up'


WTF?


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Response to marmar (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:37 AM

6. Plain as Doris Day isn't

 

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:56 AM

7. Appreciate these reminders. K&R. nt

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 03:43 PM

8. An important history lesson that reinforces

 

Our current way of doing business too. Our violence to push our imperialist agenda is legendary, and continues today.

We use chemical irritants and violence with incarceration against citizens who exercise their Constitutional rights, and object to the looting of, and rigging of our social and political institutions.

We go into nations with bullets and cash. And ask which one do you want? Backed up by our military and squadrons of deadly drones.

Every bit the "American Way", as any apple pie ever made.

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 04:03 PM

9. Unfortunately We Can Only Fight One Battle At A Time

 

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