"I think it's very important to bring back the idea of socialism into the national discussion to where it was at the turn of the [last] century before the Soviet Union gave it a bad name. Socialism had a good name in this country. Socialism had Eugene Debs. It had Clarence Darrow. It had Mother Jones. It had Emma Goldman. It had several million people reading socialist newspapers around the country. Socialism basically said, hey, let's have a kinder, gentler society. Let's share things. Let's have an economic system that produces things not because they're profitable for some corporation, but produces things that people need. People should not be retreating from the word socialism because you have to go beyond capitalism."
(Howard Zinn, writer, 2009)

Thanks to Cathy for sending this
quote in to MadPriest Towers.


QUOTE OF THE DAY — 16 Comments

  1. Erm. Is there something wrong with being a communist? If there is, then someone should take a black pen to the Book Of Acts before anyone notices the high point of Christianity was based on pure communism.

  2. Dah-veed – indeed, and many thanks for pointing out that I should have said Statesonian. I shall henceforth refrain from holding you personally responsible for McCarthyism, particularly since, according to Mad Priest, you are in reality a woman called Jane Smith who lives in Wallsend.

  3. That’s right, Mark. And we celebrate that fact every Sunday morning in our “communion” services.

    Thank you!


    And, if you believe McCarthyist jingoism is dead, try saying stuff like that in the U. S. – even in most TEC parishes – and find out what the 8th Deadly Sin is to good ol’ capitalist ‘Murka. I only feel safe discussing it here.

  4. Mark – if, as Mad Priest suggests, Dah-veed is responsible for McCarthyism, it is possibly not safe discussing it here.

    I certainly didn’t think the jingoism was dead among right-wingers in the US.

  5. I trust Dah-veed implicitly . . . now, explicitly.

    He is not McCarthyist, he is part of the Weapon X Program, Lavender Division, as am I. Our skeletons are covered in Gaydamantium so that the homophobic hatred just bounces off!

  6. Of course!

    That, and a chewing gum that won’t lose it’s flavo(u)r on the bedpost overnight.

    Oh, and the first collapsible, all-weather chicken.

  7. You are aware of recent reports showing Zinn was a member of the Communist Party of the USA?

    I hear there are recent reports that many reputable people are . . . Roman Catholics. Your point?