“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves…and the grand thieves are running the country.”
— Howard Zinn
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Zinn was a mentor when I was at B. U. This quote shows how much the illusion of progress on “progressive issues” just papered over the problems. That is all we are setting up to do, again, but every time we do that, the foundation of our culture gets a little more robust and the following bloom is always stronger than the last, harder to paper over. Trump’s administration has deployed unidentifiable troops in battle gear to Washington, DC. That’s a first, unspeakable in Zinn’s most prominent time and probably unspeakable even when he died 10 years ago. Now it’s precendented.
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