Empire or Humanity?

Historian Howard Zinn, best known for his monumental A People's History of the United States, has often recognized the fact that, despite their moving rhetoric and party affiliation, the interest of those in power are not the same interests as those of the people who elect them. In the following animation of his essay Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me about the American Empire, narrated by Viggo Mortensen, Zinn describes the gradual process through which he came to recognize that despite the high talk of politicians, the United States has been involved in an imperialistic campaign since World War II.

We have been involved in an attempt to dominate the planet. Isn't it time, Zinn ends, that we finally spread a global campaign of humanity and compassion?

Check out a hilarious animated history of our love with weapons, or just check out more of Howard Zinn's brilliance.
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