"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic, it is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness -- and if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now, as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself, a marvelous victory." - Howard Zinn
Here is a link to a previous SO'W post with more words from Mr. Zinn on the American empire and a video of him expressing his views on class in America and our delusion of the 'one big happy family' that Washington and Madison Avenue have sold us for so long.
We're going to miss Howard Zinn now he's gone.