While many babble on about how free people are in America I have tended to question the reality of that freedom. Too often that freedom seems to mean one is free to work wages so mean and parsimonious as to give meaning to the term “wage slavery”. Oddly that freedom doesn’t seem to extend to the rights of labor to organize, form unions and strike for better conditions, otherwise why would workers who try to exercise that freedom be fired, subjected to beatings and arrest or sometimes even murdered by those who are authorized to enforce the nations laws.
Why are people of color, women, LGBT/TQ people considered subversive and anti-American when they ask that the nation that claims to stand foursquare for freedom, justice and equality honor those claims by giving people of color, women and LGBT/TQ people those things the nation says it is most proud of.
Why are those who peacefully dissent and point out the short-comings, the bait and switch nature of these claims spied upon by secret police when our government tells us that only totalitarian governments use secret police to spy upon citizens who peacefully dissent. Why is it okay for a nation that claims to stand for freedom of speech turns around and black lists those who have the audacity to speak out against the injustices of racism, imperialism, sexism and homophobia? Are terminations and black listing the marks of freedom or of an authoritarian police state?
Is it more radical to petition an authoritarian state to be allowed to become part of that authoritarian state than it is to work to end the authoritarian state that oppresses so many?
The late Howard Zinn exposed the reality behind America’s image and showed us how it was so often a bright and shining lie.
For this he was investigated by the FBI and I am sure by secret police squads all over the country. His crime being a truth teller with the courage to speak that truth to power. I am not surprised at their attempts to have him fired and blacklisted as that is the nature of those involved in the maintaining of the authoritarian aspects of corporate freedom and the government by and for the rich.
From Raw Story: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/
By Daniel Tencer
Friday, July 30th, 2010 — 3:22 pm
FBI files show bureau may have tried to get Zinn fired from Boston University for his political opinions
Those who knew of the dissident historian Howard Zinn would not be surprised that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI kept tabs on him for decades during the Cold War.
But in a release of documents pertaining to Zinn, the bureau admitted that one of its investigations into the left-wing academic was prompted not by suspicion of criminal activity, but by Zinn’s criticism of the FBI’s record on civil rights investigations.
“In 1949, the FBI opened a domestic security investigation on Zinn,” the bureau states. “The Bureau noted Zinn’s activities in what were called Communist Front Groups and received informant reports that Zinn was an active member of the CPUSA; Zinn denied ever being a member when he was questioned by agents in the 1950s.
“In the 1960s, the Bureau took another look at Zinn on account of his criticism of the FBI’s civil rights investigations.”
Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/