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  •  How many major papers today have any columnists (22+ / 0-)

    anywhere close to Zinn?  None.

    How many public speakers, professors, nationally-known political activists?  None, really.

    There's an entire sphere of political thought that people are no longer exposed to. At all.  You have to go looking for it; digging for it. On your own.

    Wikipedia:

    Let's talk about socialism. I think it's very important to bring back the idea of socialism into the national discussion to where it was at the turn of the [last] century before the Soviet Union gave it a bad name. Socialism had a good name in this country. Socialism had Eugene Debs. It had Clarence Darrow. It had Mother Jones. It had Emma Goldman. It had several million people reading socialist newspapers around the country.

    Socialism basically said, hey, let's have a kinder, gentler society. Let's share things. Let's have an economic system that produces things not because they're profitable for some corporation, but produces things that people need. People should not be retreating from the word socialism because you have to go beyond capitalism.[56]

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:47:30 PM PDT

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