In 2012, Matt Damon helped pay tribute to the late historian and author Howard Zinn. This rendition of a speech Zinn gave in 1970 on civil disobedience is one of his most powerful performances to date. It is still true... The Problem is Still Civil Obedience.
“Back in the 60s and 70s Dr. Zinn was one of the few who understood... and he did his best to tell us... that what was happening to our black brothers and sisters would soon be happening to us, all of us, save the mega-super rich. Today we understand his message was a premonition about our times, too.” Howard Zinn, Boston Common, 5 May 1971
No one wants to think about this stuff. We all want to go about life and enjoy.
But, tomorrow life will be different.
The winds of war are gathering. Soon the old people will be sending the young people… your grandkids… to war “to save Democracy” once again.
What will be your legacy to them?
Will you ask why is this war necessary?
Who will benefit from it?
Who wants to see his approval poll numbers go up?
Who will make money on the sacrifices of our young people… your grandkids?
Let’s do things differently this time. Let’s follow another path.
I mean, it is 2017 not 1967.
We have choices. We have eyes to see and ears to hear and voices to be heard,,, but only if we pull our collective heads out of the sand.
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