And when it does, the American people, who can be cold to death on "the other side", but who also wake up when "the other side" is suddenly seen as a man, a woman, a child - just like us - will respond.-- Howard Zinn This site features some exposition of the this stage play by Howard Zinn."Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. I will mourn the dead -- the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there have been many, many more.
A large archive of excerpts from Zinn's texts; message forum, bibliography, biography, lots of interactivity. "War is the health of the state," the radical writer Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War.
Indeed, as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments flourished, patriotism bloomed, class struggle was stilled, and young men died in frightful numbers on the battlefields-often for a hundred yards of land, a line of trenches.
Apparently maintained by (or for) an American actor, Brian Jones, who has been touring this one-man show across the US since 1999. The site also includes a schedule of performances, a brief Zinn bio, some links, and information on having the play performed in a theatre near you. The premise of this witty and insightful "play on history" is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name.
Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.
They proceeded to share and contest with one another the domination of the world, to build military machines far greater than the Fascist countries had built, to control the destinies of more countries than Hitler, Mussolini, and Japan had been able to do.
They also acted to control their own populations, each country with its own techniques-crude in the Soviet Union, sophisticated in the United States--to make their rule secure." -- Howard Zinn And though the media will be blocked from access to the dead and wounded of Iraq, though the human tragedy unfolding in Iraq will be told in numbers, in abstractions, and not in the stories of real human beings, real children, real mothers and fathers - the movement will find a way to tell that story.
He was active in the civil rights movement, and in the movement against the Vietnam war.
He has written many books, his best known being A People's History of the United States.
Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx's life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change.
Zinn also shows how relevant Marx's ideas are for today's world." -- Play description A very fine site, with well integrated content and functionality.