I’m going with this.
Review of howard zinn’s ‘A Peoples history of the United states, 1492 – present’, from my Amazon customer review
Only in the West could such a foolish collection of nonsense get any kind of reception. I consider this piece of trash must be textbooks in college courses – such is the sad state of affairs – and shudder.
Now, in the 21st century, Zinn’s kind of condemnatory “history” is conventional. This is the view of history that’s standard in most media accounts of America’s past, as well as much of academia down to kindergarten. The Left won the culture wars. …For now.
But there are no better examples of just how warped these trendy accounts of our history can get. Zinn’s “people’s history” is a silly, Marxist wet dream – a twisted-fable world in which everything Western, everything white and Northern European, everything not embued with supernatural grace of socialist egalitarianism, is utterly demonic. There’s never been a thought or act of America’s political class not steeped in evil. There’s never been a thought or act of white Americans not just as atrocious. Zinn’s black and white, unshaded worldview belongs in a collection of fairy tales, not in any legitimate history.
Few are so foolish as to believe this country was founded or populated by saints, that its Western expansion wasn’t brutal and blood-drenched, or that slavery was anything but abominable. But within our history are incredibly insightful if not inspiring passages, as well. What is the Consitution, if not effort to frame workable democracy as liberal as possible? It stands, after all, tattered by the last decade, but certainly viable. All Marxist states save North Korea have ended up on the ash heap of history. History… reality… best all ideology – especially that as shabby and counter-intuitive as Zinn’s.
If Western interaction with Native Americans was “genocidal”, how did any escape extermination? Who’s living on those reservations today (amounting to about 15 percent of American geographic space)? How did intermarriage factor in their “disappearance”? Was their socialization so unsuccessful, or are we merely told that it is and was? …Told by frauds like Zinn.
Slavery? Slavery existed in every part of the globe. It exists today – in the precious Third World. Only the West ever made war to abolish it. Does that count? Not to Zinn. His view of the American Civil War is that it was launched to prevent slave rebellions from expanding to end capitalism itself. This is one of the stupidest of Zinn’s assertions – and certainly his book has a trove of them. Howard, please, there’s never been a successful, long-lasting alternative to capitalism installed anywhere in the world – EVER. Remember the past 20 years? Where have you been? Singing Pete Seeger songs and roasting marshmallows around the old proletarian campfire? Enlisting Hello Kitty in your Great Leap Forward?
History is nuanced. It’s complicated. It needs balanced rendering. Zinn’s history is thoroughly corrupted by his Marxist agenda, and so worthless.
Unless this junk is assigned in a class, do yourself a favor and take a pass.