Howard Zinn: A Communist and a Liar

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    Recently released FBI files show that Howard Zinn really was a Communist, and a quite active one at that, who lied.

    Hardly a surprise to anyone who understands the philosophical basis of his teaching.

    The prominent “progressive” historian Howard Zinn, whose books are force-fed to young people on many college campuses, was not only a member of the Moscow-controlled and Soviet-funded Communist Party USA (CPUSA) but lied about it, according to an FBI file released on Friday.

    The file, consisting of three sections totaling 423 pages, was made available on the FBI’s website and released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from this writer.

    Zinn taught in the political science department of Boston University for 24 years, from 1964 to 1988, and has been a major influence on the modern-day “progressive” movement that backed Barack Obama for president.

    Although Zinn denied being a member of the CPUSA, the FBI file discloses that several reliable informants in the party identified Zinn as a member who attended party meetings as many as five times a week.

    What’s more, one of the files reveals that a reliable informant provided a photograph of Zinn teaching a class on “Basic Marxism” at party headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951. A participant in the class said that Zinn taught that “the basic teaching of Marx and Lenin were sound and should be adhered to by those present…”

    Zinn was included on the “Security Index” and “Communist Index” maintained by the FBI. The “Security Index” was more ominous and included individuals who could be detained in the event of a national emergency.



    Howard Zinn, “Outed” as a Communist and a Liar NoisyRoom.net: The Progressive Hunter
     
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    So these things happened 60 years ago?

    Good job.
     
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    I think he (was) and Chomsky are both communists (meaning Marxists, not Stalinists). With or without an FBI file.
     
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    That's just the beginning. He continued for years - and was a 9/11 Truther as well.

    Quite a Progressive Hero.
     
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    I think communism is OK these days. Even PC probably
     
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    I don't know that he was a 9/11 truther. Chomsky certainly isn't/
     
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    It certainly is to the current White House.
     
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    Zinn signed the infamous statement at 911Truth.org in 2004 (the same one Van Jones signed).
     
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    I don't think you can find a progressive who thinks it's a socially bad idea
     
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    No, I can't. Many of them were taught, directly or indirectly, by Zinn and his cohorts.
     

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