Howard Zinn on The Problem of Obedience and the Folly of American Exceptionalism

“Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…” – Howard Zinn

We live in a uniquely troubled time, particularly due to our access to information. We can see the problems unfolding if we look closely, but, many choose to look the other way.

Our high-ranking political officials are more influenced by incessant corporate lobbying than by public opinion, and this is not hard to see when it comes time to make policy changes.

We are always at war (often with questionable motives, at best), and those responsible for waging these wars are rarely held accountable for their words and actions, or for the death toll that results.

The government is steadily working to erode the civil liberties of the people in the name of national security. And, speaking of national security, the threat of nuclear warfare is becoming evermore terrifying across the globe.

Oh, and we have done irreversible damage to the environment.
Howard Zinn |

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