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Howard Zinn was a historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright, best known as author of the bestseller A People's History of the United States. Zinn was active in[…]

The world, Zinn says, is trying to overcome American dominance.

Question: What is the state of the world today?

Howard Zinn: The world today, 2008, it’s trying to overcome American dominance in the world, trying to overcome the American military bullying that’s taking place here and there in the world, in Iraq and Afghanistan and military bases in a hundred countries.

People are trying to work their way toward a more democratic society wherever possible and to do it without war. I think this movement towards more democratic societies more concerned with human rights. We’ve already seen it begin to happen in Latin America with movements from autocratic and elitist states to more populous states. It may be that the European Union represents this in some way. It’s a long term process.

I think what is going on is an attempt to create a world which is different than the world of the past hundred years, which was a world of incessant war and domination of the world by super powers. First, two super powers, and now, one super power.


Date Recorded: July 05, 2008