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Howard Zinn

by on February 25, 2014


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The world that I envision is one in which national
boundaries no longer exist, in which you can move from one
country to another with the same ease in which we can move
from Massachusetts to Connecticut, a world without passports
or visas or immigration quotas. True globalization in the
human sense, in which we recognize that the world is one and
that human beings everywhere have the same rights.

In a world like that you could not make war because it is
your family, just as we are not thinking of making war on an
adjoining state or even a far-off state. It would be a world
in which the riches of the planet would be distributed in an
equitable fashion, where everybody has access to clean
water. Yes, that would take some organization to make sure
that the riches of the earth are distributed according to
human need.

A world in which people are free to speak, a world in which
there was a true bill of rights. A world in which people had
their fundamental economic needs taken care of would be a
world in which people were freer to express themselves
because political rights and free speech rights are really
dependent on economic status and having fundamental economic
needs taken care of.

I think it would be a world in which the boundaries of race
and religion and nation would not become causes for
antagonism. Even though there would still be cultural
differences and still be language differences, there would
not be causes for violent action of one against the other.

I think it would be a world in which people would not have
to work more than a few hours a day, which is possible with
the technology available today. If this technology were not
used in the way it is now used, for war and for wasteful
activities, people could work three or four hours a day and
produce enough to take care of any needs. So it would be a
world in which people had more time for music and sports and
literature and just living in a human way with others.

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  1. Jeff Nguyen permalink

    Love this speech.

  2. Reblogged this on thepoliticalvagina and commented:
    A refreshing alternate positive future hypothesis.

  3. Ferdinand permalink

    A perfectly innocent remark anyone could have made. However, it takes work to know one’s own feelings, especially in this PR-dominated world. “You can’t be neutral on a moving train” (Zinn). The sunny side: “These feelings are just below the surface.” (Chomsky).
    Anyone with eyes open, soul intact, and the ability to put 2 and 2 together can say sentences like these. Let’s not be afraid to say them. In the case of curt responses, don’t argue. These people deserve empathy. They might just be defending their pain.

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