By Howard Zinn, via the Progressive:
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Editor’s Note: Today we remember our legendary columnist Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and champion of pacifism, civil rights, and the voices of the marginalized. On this fifth anniversary of his death in January 27, 2010, we present a classic essay on nonviolence adapted from his speech on May 2, 2009, at The Progressive’s 100th anniversary conference.
I want to talk about three holy wars. They aren’t religious wars, but they’re the three wars in American history that are sacrosanct, that you can’t say anything bad about: the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II.
Let’s look carefully at these three idealized, three romanticized wars.
It’s important to at least be willing to raise the possibility that you could criticize something that everybody has accepted as uncriticizable.
We’re supposed to be thinking people.