Tag Archives: Howard Zinn

The Corporation (2004)

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the Corporation is today’s dominant institution. In this complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the Corporation’s increasing preeminence.

Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the Corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Corporation (2004) is a satisfyingly dense, thought-provoking rebuttal to some of capitalism’s central arguments.

Howard Zinn: Hidden History of The American Working Class (1992)

Synopsis: Social activist, political scientist and labor historian, Howard Zinn, delivers a presentation on  “The History Of The American Working Class.” The presentation took place in San Francisco at an educational forum sponsored by the Labor Video Project. Zinn was political science professor at Boston University and was considered the preeminent scholar on civil disobedience during the Vietnam War Era. He has authored more than twenty books, including his highly influential work, A People’s History of the United States.

A People’s History of the United States

 Library Journal calls A People’s History of the United States, “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those…whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.”  In this groundbreaking work, the author explains how America’s past, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, has typically been characterized by the exploitation of large segments of American society.

Howard Zinn presents a realistic view of the American past which focuses on the human cost which often accompanied the capitalist expansion of the United states. The book is an important supplement to the view of American exceptionalism found in many textbooks, revealing uncomfortable events we have swept beneath the rug of American progress. According to Zinn:

My history… describes the inspiring struggle of those who have fought slavery and racism, of the labor organizers who have led strikes for the rights of working people, of the socialists and others who have protested war and militarism. My hero is not Theodore Roosevelt, who loved war and congratulated a general after a massacre of Filipino villagers at the turn of the century, but Mark Twain, who denounced the massacre and satirized imperialism.

I want young people to understand that ours is a beautiful country, but it has been taken over by men who have no respect for human rights or constitutional liberties. Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, which says that all of us have an equal right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The history of our country, I point out in my book, is a striving, against corporate robber barons and war makers, to make those ideals a reality — and all of us, of whatever age, can find immense satisfaction in becoming part of that.

Packed with vivid details and memorable quotations, Zinn’s award-winning classic continues to have a profound impact upon educators, scholars, and students of American History.

“It’s a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” — Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants

“[It] should be required reading.” — Columbia University Historian Eric Foner, New York Times Book Review

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