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Open Letter to Howard Zinn


Open letter to Howard Zinn                                         4.2.08
 
Dear Howard,
 
First, let me say that I am a big fan of yours. I have taken to "A People’s History of The United States" like some people
take to the Bible.
 
It is difficult to entertain the idea of vehemently disagreeing with you but here goes:
 
I refer to an article you wrote that was inserted in an email I received from Zcom, a website I help sustain.
 
In it you state that "We will have trillions of dollars to pay for these programs if we do two things: if we concentrate our taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population, not only their incomes but their accumulated wealth, and if we downsize our gigantic military machine, declaring ourselves a peaceful nation." This scenario is naive in the extreme.
I have read that the richest Americans, 1% of total population, control more than 1/3 the total wealth. That did not come about without the development of a huge police state; one which is not unprepared to use extreme force to put down any uprisings that seem remotely capable of causing harm to the establishment. This level of police state equipped with mind boggling technology did not exist in the 1930s that you site as an example. In addition, the general population was not nearly as polarized then as it is now. Many today, even those not so well off, will not support the scale of disruption and strife required to convert the government to one that is for all the people and not just the wealthy.
There is not going to be any candidate for president that would be able to implement such changes even though they might sincerely "campaign" for them. The entire government of the US is controlled by global multinationals and has been for a time much longer than I had realized until
I read “A People’s History…”
 
 
 
This is not to say that the changes you write of cannot take place. It’s just that the cost of realizing such change is unacceptable for most people. I am quite certain it will involve the total collapse of western society as it currently exists along with unprecedented loss of life, much of it through starvation.
The one way it might be done without total collapse and mass suffering is for all or at least most of the key "guards" to orchestrate a highly coordinated complete and total coup of the current government. They must then form a provisional government that follows a literal interpretation of the constitution, eliminates the Federal Reserve and returns a new dollar to the gold standard and thus eliminating fiat currency. However, it would very naive to believe that a mercenary force with no allegiance to any flag is not at the ready to deal with just such an eventuality.
It was refreshing to the point of tears to learn that high level Army and Naval officers were prepared to resign if Bush attacks Iran. Admiral Fallon seems to have led the way. It is also interesting (and somewhat alarming) that the Air Force did not participate in this sentiment.
We must have a top down revolution. Any significant attempts of the “bottom up” variety will be ruthlessly dealt with and crushed. I am sure you know that Haliburton and Kellog Brown & Root have contracted with the department of Home Land Security to build huge detention camps and 1000′s of box cars equipped with manacles in the event that large scale unrest breaks out.
I believe that we find ourselves near the logical conclusion of capitalism.
As for the 2008 election, I will not be surprised if there is none. Even if there is and the winner actually takes office, he/she will be largely irrelevant.
 
Sincerely,
Jeff Barton
 

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