The People’s History-Notes from Howard Zinn

2012 has marked the onslaught of a host of people-based revolutions, rebellions and protests similar to the global discontent of the 1960’s.

“In every period of history, people have found ways to help one another–even in the midst of a culture of competition and violence-if only for brief periods, to find joy in work, struggle, companionship, nature.

The prospect is for times of turmoil, struggle, but also inspiration.  There is a chance that such a movement could succeed in doing what the system itself has never done-bring about great change with little violence.  This is possible because the more of the 99 percent that begin to see themselves as sharing needs, the more the guards and the prisoners see their common interest, the more the Establishment becomes isolated, ineffectual.  The elite’s weapons, money, control of information would be useless in the face of a determined population.  The servants of the system would refuse to work to continue the old, deadly order, and would begin using their time, their space-the very things given them by the system to keep them quiet-to dismantle that system while creating a new one.”- From A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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