Stealing a phrase from David Horowitz, I’m going to piss on the grave of the recently expired Howard Zinn. Unlike Horowitz, who in his prolonged dotage has become a carnival barker for the Oligarchy which mis-rules the USA, my purpose is to seize freedom from the Plutocrats and Criminals. It’s here that I find Zinn’s prescriptions to be worthless as any sort of guide for change.
Zinn is best known for A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. This avowed anti-text has sold a million copies. No doubt the sales figures are inflated by students forced to buy the damned thing.
Right off the bat, Zinn in his book verbally dynamites the Statue of Liberty and the inscription by Emma Lazarus. John Perazzo accurately writes of Zinn’s book as “painting America as a nation whose chief contributions to humanity consist of repression, racism, imperialism and genocide.” If Zinn had said “just icky,” he could have saved himself some words.
Like a bride groom in heat, Zinn eagerly embraces the Original Sin thesis of Noam Chomsky that it’s all the fault of Christopher Columbus. Okay. But where does the leave the European majority in the country? Ready to be run out of town, I suppose.
Zinn manages to make a few mentions of struggles by the white working-class such as Ludlow, Colorado where Rockefeller-hired thugs massacred striking miners and their families. But that’s just a side show to his main theme: Only the struggles of non-Europeans are worthy of emulation and respect.
Zinn has the mental disorder Ian Jobling calls leukophobia, the fear & loathing of white people. Except Zinn is white which means his book exhibits the phobia of self-hatred. He might as well embrace openly–as he does privately–the credo of the late Susan Sontag: “The white race is the cancer of human history.” Ms Sontag also was white. Would her guilt trip have ended in suicide had she not been ravaged by cancer?
Zinn and Sontag both remind me of the Heaven’s Gate religious cult. They were the jokers back in 1997 who committed mass suicide at the time of the Hale-Bob comet. Prior to that, the male members castrated themselves.
Sound harsh? Then look at it this way. If you are of European or partly European descent, and you want to change your country for the better, Zinn offers nothing but self-emasculation.
Our Howard is also Jewish. And you guessed it. He hates Israel as much as his own country. His self-hatred is all consuming.
To cover his ass, he says he’s against the nation-state on principle. I guess we’re supposed to find an opium den somewhere and sing ourselves to sleep with John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
In the real world, away from opiate induced dreams, Machiavelli is right: Military & political power ultimately determine the fate of peoples & nations. Mass self-castration is not a strategy.