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Howard Zinn Quotes and Sayings

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Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

Related topics: Patriotism

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
- Howard Zinn

When people don't understand that the government doesn't
have their interests in mind,
they're more susceptible to go to war.
- Howard Zinn

One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.
- Howard Zinn

 

Americans have been taught that their nation is civilized and humane.
But, too often, U.S.
actions have been uncivilized and inhumane.
- Howard Zinn

If the gods had intended for people to vote,
they would have given us candidates.
- Howard Zinn

In the United States today, the Declaration of Independence
hangs on schoolroom walls,
but foreign policy follows Machiavelli.
- Howard Zinn

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Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian
endeavors to help people.
- Howard Zinn

War itself is the enemy of the human race.
- Howard Zinn

We need to decide that we will not go to war,
whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media,
because war in our time is always indiscriminate,
a war against innocents, a war against children.
- Howard Zinn

If those in charge of our society - politicians,
corporate executives, and owners of press and television -
can dominate our ideas,
they will be secure in their power.
They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets.
We will control ourselves.
- Howard Zinn

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.
Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain
the true duty of patriots.
- Barbara Ehrenreich

Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question
will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.
- Natan Sharansky

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith.
Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste,
but in its effects.
- James W. Fulbright

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent?
Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
- Jacob Bronowski

We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent
that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
- Richard Perle

When a man fails to see the truth of certain generally accepted views,
there is no law compelling him to provoke animosity
by announcing his dissent.
- George Henry Lewes

Neither with those nor with the others,
with all I agree and dissent; in all part of truth
and part of error must be seen.
- Michael Servetus

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies,
I think the soul of America dies with it.
- Edward R. Murrow

It's so easy for propaganda to work,
and dissent to be mocked.
- Harold Pinter

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion,
dissent, and debate.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected.
- Natan Sharansky

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon
find themselves exterminating dissenters.
Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the
unanimity of the graveyard.
- Robert Jackson

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth.
Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
- John Charles Polanyi

A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose
its will on the majority:
what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
- Eric Hoffer

In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
- Natan Sharansky

It's much easier to make jokes about sensitive issues
if there is some dissent,
some conflict.
- Mo Rocca

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
- Learned Hand

Discussion in America means dissent.
- James Thurber

There are men - now in power in this country -
who do not respect dissent,
who cannot cope with turmoil, and who believe that
the people of America are ready to support repression
as long as it is done with a quiet voice and a business suit.
- John Lindsay

The corporate grip on opinion in the United States
is one of the wonders of the Western world.
No First World country has ever managed to eliminate
so entirely from its media all objectivity -
much less dissent.
- Gore Vidal

So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly
value all the principles of democracy,
especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up,
standing up and speaking out.
- Jim Hightower

Here in America we are descended in blood
and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels.
Men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.
As their heirs, may we never confuse
honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

People may believe that there can be a society where
dissent is not permitted,
but which is nonetheless not a fear society because
everyone agrees with one another and therefore no one wants to dissent.
- Natan Sharansky

Dissent is the native activity of the scientist,
and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years.
But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist.
And I doubt whether it will be a man.
- Jacob Bronowski

Throughout the lead-up to the war, CNN worked hard
to air all sides of the story.
We had a regular segment called Voices of Dissent in
which we spent time covering antiwar protests and interviewing
those who were opposed to the war with Iraq.
- Jim Walton

Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried
by various establishments throughout the world.
They force people to get involved in the kind of examination
that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.
- Pete Seeger

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at
once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
- Emile M. Cioran

Just the concept of personal freedom within a democracy,
for instance, is a relatively young idea -
only about 300 years old in this country.
- Daniel Greenberg

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
- Benito Mussolini

Either we are all free, or we fail; democracy must belong to all of us.
- Dennis Chavez

The motive power of democracy is love.
- Henri Bergson

The Greens have every right to run, that's what democracy is,
and they should argue their point by saying how they
think people should vote,
not by telling us to be silent.
- Peter Camejo

For not only every democracy, but certainly every republic,
bears within itself the seeds of its own destruction.
- Robert Welch

It's important to address young people in the reopening of New Orleans.
In rebuilding, let's revisit the potential of American
democracy and American glory.
- Wynton Marsalis

Democracy!
Bah!
When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
- Allen Ginsberg

The majority of the world's Muslims do not believe
that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam
is incompatible with democracy.
- Gijs de Vries


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