Interviewer:You are frequently called a "radical" historian. Do you accept this label?
Howard Zinn:I like it. I accept it. Because I believe radical solutions are needed. "Radical" means getting to the roots, means going to fundamental things, and I believe we need fundamental changes in our society, fundamental changes in ending policies of war and expansion, fundamental changes in our economic system, fundamental changes in dealing with the environment - all of those are radical, you might say.
“Ive heard so many comics doing bits about this new pope ‘Oh isn’t it scary this new pope used to be a nazi?!’ Well, not when you look at their track records side by side, the nazis vs the catholic church? The nazis only lasted a dozen years and they got their asses handed to them in a high hat, the catholic church has a far more prosperous and prestigious record of murder, torture, tyranny, oppression, and nonsense, not to mention the kid fucking and they’re still around and more popular than ever! I’d me much more afraid to here someone say ‘hey did you here about that new nazi? He used to be a pope!’”—Doug Stanhope
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.”—Martin Luther King jr.
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”—Charles Bukowski