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Howard Zinn
In the long run, the oppressor is also a victim. In the short run (and so far, human history has consisted only of short runs), the victims, themselves desperate and tainted with the culture that oppresses them, turn on other victims.

Howard Zinn
People like Eugene Debs, Helen Keller, Emma Goldman, Jack London and Upton Sinclair were wonderful writers who joined the movement against war and injustice, against capitalism and corporate power. That was a very exciting period in American history.

Howard Zinn
Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.

Howard Zinn
There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

Howard Zinn
Is there equality before the law? At every stage of the judicial process-facing the policeman, appearing in court, being freed on bond, being sentenced by the judge-the poor person is treated worse than the rich, the black treated worse than the white, the politically or personally odd character is treated worse than the orthodox.

Howard Zinn
The memory of oppressed people is one thing that cannot be taken away, and for such people, with such memories, revolt is always an inch below the surface.

Howard Zinn
Is there equality before the law? At every stage of the judicial process - facing the policeman, appearing in court, being freed on bond, being sentenced by the judge - the poor person is treated worse than the rich, the black treated worse than the white, the politically or personally odd character is treated worse than the orthodox.

Howard Zinn
One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.

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