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November 18th
9:00 AM EST

The next person I witness using the ignorant and uninformed “They All Need to Go Get a Job" argument to discredit the occupy movement is going to deeply regret the moment they ever opened their moronic little mouth. You know what? Maybe some of them could use a shower. And maybe some of them could better spend their time looking for a job, I won’t deny that it’s possible. There are tons of people out there protesting. All of them have a different story, but I’m not gonna judge em’ because I don’t know em’. The fact of the matter is, a diverse group of thousands of people cannot be defined by one stereotypical profile and you sound unintelligent and obtuse for making such statements. 

I’m not saying that you have to agree with everything about the movement or run out into the streets chanting in support of the 99% right this very moment. But if you are currently under the impression that everything in our country is a-ok and that if everyone just went and got a job (like that’s an easy thing to do right now) and worked like the good little workers we’re supposed to be all of our problems would be solved, then you are seriously misguided and living in some sweet, sweet fantasy world.

The American government is so corrupted and broken that it’s almost incomprehensible. Corporate power and influence controls what is supposed to be the people’s democracy. And guess what? The CEO’s, the billionaire presidents of the wealthiest corporations who keep shelling cash deep into the pockets of the people who are supposed to be our representatives aren’t doing so because they have your best interest’s in mind. Something needs to be done to restore our democracy; so that the people’s voices can be heard and so that our country starts to become a place that reflects the diverse beliefs of every citizen. Not the narrow-minded, greedy policies of a few extremely wealthy individuals.

What those who don’t “get” Occupy Wall Street need to understand is that these protests are the first steps in working towards accomplishing that goal. No, this isn’t the perfect solution to the problem and who knows, there may never be an answer. But if after everything- all of the police brutality, the true uncovering of the police state we live in, and every other forceful tactic used to try and silence the people- you still cannot sympathize with the core fundamentals of this movement than you are just completely missing the entire picture because you are too tied up being contently complacent within the system.

I wrote this back in September after I visited Zuccotti Park when the movement was only a few days old. And while now I can even empathize with sentiments such as this and this, I believe everything I said then still holds true. I wrote:

"This movement will never be represented by one clear cut demand. It will never have one perfect little tagline. There is no definitive answer. A lot of different people are angry about a lot of different things and while all of it may be too overwhelming for the average news reader to digest at once, the most important part is that the occupiers are all willing to work together to restore justice and equality in America.”

Howard Zinn said, “I don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on.”  To anyone who still thinks this is not important. Wake up, let go of the preconceived notions that were hand fed to you by the mainstream media, and get mad. Get really, really mad. 

October 28th
1:35 PM EST
"…we live in a kind of society which breeds criminals like rabbits. A society that worships money, and yet deprives so many people of it. A society that advertises and exalts homes, automobiles, Caribbean trips, color television, and a million other possessions, and yet has not been able to organize its enormous wealth so as to give everybody a job and an income sufficient to get the things they want. A society that wastes hundreds of billions of dollars on instruments of death, that condones official violence on a mass scale, and then punishes individual violence on a small scale."
October 16th
10:46 AM EST
"I am totally confident not that the world will get better, but that we should not give up the game before all the cards have been played. The metaphor is deliberate; life is a gamble. Not to play is to foreclose any chance of winning. To play, to act, is to create at least a possibility of changing the world. There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people’s thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible."
—  Howard Zinn, The Optimism of Uncertainty
October 10th
2:15 PM EST
"There is no more glaring distortion in the history learned by generations of Americans…than in the story of Christopher Columbus. He is universally portrayed as a heroic figure, a brave adventurer, a skilled seaman who crossed the ocean not knowing what he would find, and stumbled on an unknown continent. All that is true. But what is missing from that story is that, when he landed in the Bahamas Islands, Columbus and his men…set out on a ruthless quest for gold that led to enslavement, misery, and death for that population. Profit was the driving force behind Columbus’ expedition….. His expedition had been financed by the king and queen of Spain, with the hope that crossing the ocean would bring him to the gold and spices of Asia. Seeing the natives he encountered, the peaceful Arawak Indians, as less than human (though in his diary he described them as gentle and generous), he tortured them to force them to find gold for him. He kidnapped and enslaved hundreds of them, compelling them to work in the mines, under terrible conditions, in the quest for gold. It was the beginning of the annihilation of the Indians on Hispaniola…. It was the start of the European conquest of the Western Hemisphere."
—  Howard Zinn’s introduction to Chapter 1 of Voices of a People’s History (2004)
October 7th
8:45 AM EST
"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?"
—  Howard Zinn, Ten years ago today, Oct. 7, 2001, the U.S. launched the invasion of Afghanistan. (via Facebook)
September 27th
3:11 PM EST
"I don’t believe it’s possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions. And to be neutral, to be passive, in a situation like that, is to collaborate with what is going on. And I, as a teacher, don’t want to be a collaborator with whatever is going on. I want myself as a teacher, and you as students, to intercede with whatever is happening in the world."
—  Howard Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
September 14th
10:36 PM EST
blogfrombookstores:

Join Busboys and Poets on September 21 for International Peace Day and the dedication of their Howard Zinn room! And tomorrow on Blogging from Bookstores learn more about Independent coffee shop, restaurant, and bookstore (Yes! It’s all three in one!) Busboys and Poets!

blogfrombookstores:

Join Busboys and Poets on September 21 for International Peace Day and the dedication of their Howard Zinn room! And tomorrow on Blogging from Bookstores learn more about Independent coffee shop, restaurant, and bookstore (Yes! It’s all three in one!) Busboys and Poets!

September 12th
11:11 PM EST
"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
August 26th
8:28 PM EST
blogfrombookstores:

[By Neil Stavely - Horse and Hare on Etsy]
Howard Zinn. Best Historian Ever. Truer words have never been so nicely illustrated next to such a great man’s portrait.
In related news, I just found out that Kerry and Neil Stavely are the lovely artists who supply The Winchester Book Gallery with the amazing author portraits displayed and sold in their store. 
If this Howard Zinn portrait isn’t enough to lure you into checking out the rest of their work then…wait, what am I saying? It’s Howard Zinn! They drew Howard Zinn! Go check out their work!
(If you like blogs, they also blog here.)

I just fell in love a little bit.

blogfrombookstores:

[By Neil Stavely - Horse and Hare on Etsy]

Howard Zinn. Best Historian Ever. Truer words have never been so nicely illustrated next to such a great man’s portrait.

In related news, I just found out that Kerry and Neil Stavely are the lovely artists who supply The Winchester Book Gallery with the amazing author portraits displayed and sold in their store. 

If this Howard Zinn portrait isn’t enough to lure you into checking out the rest of their work then…wait, what am I saying? It’s Howard Zinn! They drew Howard Zinn! Go check out their work!

(If you like blogs, they also blog here.)

I just fell in love a little bit.

January 19th
8:13 PM EST
"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
January 18th
9:39 AM EST
August 29th
7:22 PM EST
"‘Terrorism’ has replaced Communism as the rationale for the militarization of America, for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home. It serves the same purpose, to create hysteria"
—  Howard Zinn (via elledark) (via americanrevolutionpart2)