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Just Sayin’-June 2, 2010

An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn:

“The foundation principle of Indian government had always been the rejection of government.  The freedom of the individual was regarded by practically all Indians north of Mexico as a canon infinitely more precious than the individual’s duty to his community or nation.  This anarchistic attitude ruled all behavior, beginning with the smallest social unit, the family.  The Indian parent was constitutionally reluctant to discipline his children.  Their every exhibition of self-will was accepted as a favorable indication of the development of maturing character…”

Zinn took this passage from a book written by Dale Van Every, The Disinherited.

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One thought on “Just Sayin’-June 2, 2010

  1. James S. on said:

    A People’s History… is pretty awesome.

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