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FBI Files: Howard Zinn Was A Communist

An interesting (if unsurprising) bit of news we almost missed, from Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy In Media:

Leftist “Historian” Howard Zinn Lied About Red Ties

Posted By Cliff Kincaid On July 30, 2010

The prominent “progressive” historian Howard Zinn, whose books are force-fed to young people on many college campuses [and high schools], was not only a member of the Moscow-controlled and Soviet-funded Communist Party USA (CPUSA) but lied about it, according to an FBI file released on Friday.

The file, consisting of three sections totaling 423 pages, was made available on the FBI’s website and released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from this writer.

Zinn taught in the political science department of Boston University for 24 years, from 1964 to 1988, and has been a major influence on the modern-day “progressive” movement that backed Barack Obama for president.

Although Zinn denied being a member of the CPUSA, the FBI file discloses that several reliable informants in the party identified Zinn as a member who attended party meetings as many as five times a week.

What’s more, one of the files reveals that a reliable informant provided a photograph of Zinn teaching a class on “Basic Marxism” at party headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951. A participant in the class said that Zinn taught that “the basic teaching of Marx and Lenin were sound and should be adhered to by those present.”

The FBI file also includes information on Zinn’s pro-Castro activism and support for radical groups such as the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and Black Panther Party. Much of the latter was in connection with Zinn’s support for a communist military victory in Vietnam. His dealings with the Communist regime in Hanoi included a visit to the communist capital.

Zinn was included on the “Security Index” and “Communist Index” maintained by the FBI. The “Security Index” was more ominous and included individuals who could be detained in the event of a national emergency.

The files confirm Zinn’s membership in the party from 1948-1953 and one says he was “believed to be a CP member as of October, 1956.” However, he denied membership in the party when interviewed by the FBI in 1953 and 1954 and claimed to be just a “liberal” or “leftist.” He did admit involvement in several CPUSA front organizations, the documents say.

A 1964 FBI memorandum refers to Zinn as “a professor and writer who has a background of known membership in the Communist Party (CP) and has continued to demonstrate procommunist and anti-United States sympathies.” It says that while Zinn had denied membership in the CPUSA, his denial “was not supported by facts”—a reference to the substantial evidence and eyewitness testimony provided by informants in the CPUSA

After his death earlier this year, tributes for Zinn came from such luminaries as Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Eric Foner in The Nation, The Huffington Post, convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jane Fonda, Ralph Nader, and Bill Moyers.

A video tribute to Zinn has been posted by the Institute for Policy Studies, the pro-Marxist think tank in Washington, D.C. Nader was one of the speakers, praising The Progressive magazine for regularly running Zinn’s column, including one in which Zinn had attacked Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians…

Nader proposed a “Zinn Institute for Peace and Justice” to carry on his work.

But in the same way that he tried to deceive the FBI agents who interviewed him about his CPUSA membership, it is now obvious that Zinn had been deceiving his “progressive” and “liberal” fellow-travelers for decades

Bill Bigelow of the “Rethinking Schools” website said Zinn was “an activist—a socialist, a pacifist, an antiracist, who never strayed from his conviction that humanity was capable of making this a much better world.”

That “much better world” turns out to be communism…

On the website of the Center for American Progress, the pro-Obama group funded by billionaire George Soros, Matthew Yglesias conceded the point that Zinn’s popular People’s History book was “neither good history nor good politics, offering basically nothing in terms of ways to think about solutions to the problems of the world…” But he said it was nevertheless read by “most of the best people” and “that’s a pretty impressive achievement.”

What a shock to finally learn that Mr. Zinn was a Communist. It is almost as surprising as it is to hear how easily the “best people” were duped by his lies.

Who’d a thunk it?

For the record, you can read the FBI files on Howard Zinn here. You can read more about Mr. Zinn’s brilliant career at Discover The Networks.

You certainly won’t be hearing the truth about him from our media watchdogs.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “FBI Files: Howard Zinn Was A Communist”

  1. snix says:

    This guy was a major creep. Anyone who could have read his writings or heard him speak should have no doubts about that he was an America hating communist.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Another piece of the puzzle. Glad I had “Connect-the-dots” books as a child. Not that it’s all that challenging here. They often make it so damned easy. What has me bowled over in a gagging fit is the denial that the socialists/communists in our government and other areas of heady responsibility proclaim. There are too many ducks and too much quacking going on to ignore it.

  3. proreason says:

    Tip of the iceberg.

    Zinn is one of tens of thousands. But it is revealing to see that he wasn’t just a mental adherant….“attended party meetings as many as five times a week”. Clearly, he was one of the architects that I constantly reference. It only takes a handful of deeply committed people to incluence thousand of others who then influence hundreds of thousands.

    We’ve been saying for several years that the infiltration of the American education system began in the late 40’s and early 50’s and was complete about the late 70’s or early 80’s. Now we have had 25 years of unfltered Marxism taught to everybody under 45 in this country. You know they have to be proud as punch of the hard-line marxist partying in the white house right now. Why, the boy king lives as regally as old Joe himself used to do, doesn’t he? But sadly, little Barack has been more reluctant to use all the ‘measures of persuasion’….so far.

    Is it any shock that the younger generations are not only not upset by the concept of socialism, they embrace it.

    When we depose the criminals in power, that has to be corrected in a big way.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “After his death earlier this year, tributes for Zinn came from such luminaries as Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Eric Foner in The Nation, The Huffington Post, convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jane Fonda, Ralph Nader, and Bill Moyers.

    Birds of a feather….

    I almost long for the days of McCarthyism. Which, I suppose may have been partly responsible for the upsurge in communist activity in the US when the hearings were over.

    Ironically, the goal was to weed out communists in this nation and all the people who were outraged at the implied meaning of it all would scream their outrage from the rooftops. Heh.

    Well, here we are…..60 some years later. And guess what, boys and girls? MaCarthy was right.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    If we learned the names of every closet communist in American government, education, and entertainment it would take many pages of small type.


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