nice quote...

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Fri, 12 Jun 1998 18:53:14 -0700 (PDT)

Pat Myers

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Zinn, Howard. _A People's History of the United States_. New 
  York: Harper and Row, 1980.

    My  viewpoint,  in  telling the history  of  the  United 
States, is different: that we must not accept the memory  of 
states  as our own.  Nations are not communities  and  never 
have  been.   The history of any country, presented  as  the 
history  of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of  interest 
(sometimes   exploding,   most  often   repressed)   between 
conquerors  and conquered, masters and  slaves,  capitalists 
and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex.   And 
in  such  a  world  of conflict,  a  world  of  victims  and 
executioners,  it is the job of thinking people,  as  Albert 
Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.

[pp.9-10,  Howard  Zinn, in response  to  Henry  Kissinger's 
statement, "History is the memory of states," in his book _A 
World Restored_]