Sarah took notes. So did I. It was like dueling banjos.
Howard Zinn speak
at Shoreline Community College Gymnasium tonight. It was sold out but we
got in using Matte press redentials--basically
a letter Sarah forged Anne's signature to (with her telephone approval).
I expected to be knocked out, but it was just OK. Which is good, because
it fits with his message: small changes, starting today. His speech was loosely
titled "Bringing Democracy Alive," but he admitted that he was just going
to speak off the top of his head (which is what
Buckminster Fuller used to do). Some
Why study history?
"To learn from the past something useful in the present."
A patriot is loyal to his country, not his government.
The three-part government of checks and balances is a myth. "You can't put
democracy on a blackboard. Democracy comes alive when people take things
into their own hands."
Stone: "Governments lie."
"War doesn't solve anything fundamental....In times of war, Congress is always
a flock of sheep. President wants war, Congress goes along."
On "the cowardly American press"
"Dan Rather is an anchor man. What is he anchored to? The establishment."
Why is the U.S. bombing Afghanistan?
What can we do to make it stop?
Nonviolent direct action. Just show up at demonstrations.
"Things do change so long as you start."