R.I.P., Howard Zinn


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Howard Zinn, a well-known historian and left-wing activist, passed away today at the age of 87. Partisanship aside, I always admired his fortitude as an activist and willingness to step out of political norms. NPR has more on Howard Zinn. To honor him on the night of Obama’s State of the Union, here’s a quote from one of the last essays Zinn published:

“I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president — which means, in our time, a dangerous president — unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.”