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On Getting Along, by Howard Zinn (english)
27 Mar 2003
Modified: 28 Mar 2003
good advice for trying times
On Getting Along
By Howard Zinn

You ask how I manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and adjusted to this awful world where the efforts of caring people pale in comparison to those who have power?

It's easy. First, don't let "those who have power" intimidate you. No matter how much power they have they cannot prevent you from living your life, speaking your mind, thinking independently, having relationships with people as you like. (Read Emma Goldman's autobiography "Living My Life". Harassed, even imprisoned by authority, she insisted on living her life, speaking out, however she felt like.)

Second, find people to be with who have your values, your commitments, but who also have a sense of humor. That combination is a necessity!

Third (notice how precise is my advice that I can confidently number it, the way scientists number things), understand that the major media will not tell you of all the acts of resistance taking place every day in the society, the strikes, the protests, the individual acts of courage in the face of authority. Look around (and you will certainly find it) for the evidence of these unreported acts. And for the little you find, extrapolate from that and assume there must be a thousand times as much as what you've found.

Fourth: Note that throughout history people have felt powerless before authority, but that at certain times these powerless people, by organizing, acting, risking, persisting, have created enough power to change the world around them, even if a little. That is the history of the labor movement, of the women's movement, of the anti-Vietnam war movement, the disabled persons' movement, the gay and lesbian movement, the movement of Black people in the South.

Fifth: Remember, that those who have power, and who seem invulnerable are in fact quite vulnerable, that their power depends on the obedience of others, and when those others begin withholding that obedience, begin defying authority, that power at the top turns out to be very fragile. Generals become powerless when their soldiers refuse to fight, industrialists become powerless when their workers leave their jobs or occupy the factories.

Sixth: When we forget the fragility of that power in the top we become astounded when it crumbles in the face of rebellion. We have had many such surprises in our time, both in the United States and in other countries.

Seventh: Don't look for a moment of total triumph. See it as an ongoing struggle, with victories and defeats, but in the long run the consciousness of people growing. So you need patience, persistence, and need to understand that even when you don't "win," there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that you have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile.

Okay, seven pieces of profound advice should be enough.

Howard Zinn

P.S. For those of you in this area, in case you didn't know, there's a
New England-wide Peace Rally this Sat. at 11:30am.
See also:
http://authoritarianopportunistswhocozyuptogenocidaldictators-forpeace.org/
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Please (english)
27 Mar 2003
Get over yourself, Howard.
Dear Coward Zinn (english)
28 Mar 2003
Who paid you (and Noam Chomsky) to manufacture dissent in the early 1980s so that "liberals" would forget all about the private transnational entities that own the Federal Reserve Corporation, the European Central Bank, the UN and its World Bank Group?

Anyone who's still capable of independent thinking and researching can see who owns you and the rest of the media-money monopoly, including so-called "universities" and their silly professors.

Besides examination of material published by The Establishment itself, REAL historians such as Carroll Quigley and Buckminster Fuller cut through all the BS that you're paid to cover-up as another so-called "progressive activist".

Oh, and let's not mention other censored "conspiracy theories" regarding JFK, Zionism, the history of banking, the 1980 October Surprise, electronic vote-tabulation, the 9-11 hoax and other coup d'etats.

Since most informative books just happen to be "out of print", such as Michael Collins Piper's FINAL JUDGEMENT, we're obviously not supposed to ask certain essential questions. Let's just blame everything on stupid white men - like YOU and your bankster paymasters.
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