howard zinn

kartox8-fel-tovarish  asked:

I'm still relatively new here. What readings would you recommend?

Capital by Karl Marx
Capital in Manga by Variety Artworks
Capital Illustrated by David Smith
Reform or Revolution by Rosa Luxemburg
Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek
Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton
Ours to Master and to Own by Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini
Subterranean Fire by Sharon Smith
Four Futures by Peter Frase
Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
Red Rosa by Kate Evans
Democracy at Work by Richard Wolff
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn 
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
Socialism…Seriously by Danny Katch
The Reactionary Mind by Corey Robin
Parecon by Michael Albert
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey

These have probably informed my own ideas the most, so I highly recommend them. I apologize for not being able to provide links to these at the moment. Capital is free online, as are Reform or Revolution, Workers’ Councils, and A People’s History. Hope this can be a helpful reading list for you!

-Daividh

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
—  Howard Zinn
TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
—  Howard Zinn
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
—  Howard Zinn

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
― Howard Zinn

A great deal of my knowledge of history, politics, and international affairs comes from the books I read. I highly recommend them, especially in the age of Trump:

  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn: By my junior year of college, my politics had shifted from relatively conservative (yup, I leaned Republican for most of my life) to moderately liberal. After reading this book, I was firmly liberal. The sheer amount of information Zinn presents that you never learn in school is incredible. I consider this essential reading for every single American.
  • The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy, Howard Zinn: An indispensable collection of Howard Zinn’s writings on everything from race, to war, to social justice. Some of the best essays: Machiavellian Realism and US Foreign Policy: Means and Ends, Law and Justice, The Problem Is Civil Obedience
  • Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, Noam Chomsky: Written in 1983 after the Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon, Chomsky utilizes primary sources (translated from Hebrew and other languages by Chomsky himself) hardly, if ever, presented to an American audience to reveal the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Any Jews who support the Israeli government would do well to read this, and then try to justify themselves.
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, Michael Isikoff & David Corn: An indispensable book about the failures and crimes of the Bush administration that led the US into a costly, unnecessary war in Iraq. Everyone needs to read this book. Absolutely jaw-dropping.
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-2005, Thomas E. Ricks: Written in 2006 in the wake of the disastrous invasion of Iraq, this book gives extraordinary military insight to complement the focus on the political end of the Iraq War. A good companion piece to Hubris, and great insight into military strategy for those of us who haven’t studied it before.
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, Radley Balko: Astonishing and infuriating, and absolutely essential. This book is no liberal anti-cop smear: It is a bold and honest look at the government’s dangerous practice of preparing our police across the nation to violate all of the constitutional rights we hold dear, and denying accountability. 
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander: A companion piece to Rise of the Warrior Cop, focusing on the racism that underlies nationwide law enforcement. 
If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.
—  Howard Zinn, The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
Elle doit dire : Je refuse à quiconque tout droit sur mon corps. J’aurai des enfants ou je n’en aurai pas selon mon bon plaisir. Je ne serai la servante ni de Dieu, ni de l’Etat, ni d’un mari. Je me construirai une vie plus facile, plus profonde, plus riche. Une telle femme mettra le feu à la liberté ; et elle illuminera le monde entier pour toutes et tous !
—  Howard Zinn - En suivant emma
Historians have a responsibility to point out to people several things. It’s very important to point out the history of our political institutions, the history of capitalism, the suffering that has gone on under capitalism. It’s very important for historians to expose the emptiness of the promises that have been made and the emptiness behind the glorification of past and present institutions. And at the same time to bring back into our view those events in history which show that under certain circumstances, at certain points in history, if they organize, if they risk, if they act together, if they keep an ideal in their minds, it is possible for people to change things.
—  Howard Zinn, The Future of History
Écoutez ce que disait Tolstoï : « Libérez-vous de l’idée de patriotisme et d’obéissance aux gouvernements. Faites vôtres résolument les perspectives offertes par cette idée plus haute, l’union fraternelle de tous les peuples, cette idée qui a vu le jour et qui de tous côtés vous appelle ».
—  Howard Zinn - En suivant Emma
TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
—  Howard Zinn