From O to Zinn

I’m about halfway through “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn but at breakfast this morning I set it aside in favor of the back of the Cheerios box. It turns out that General Mills put its high-minded marketing strategies of promoting child literacy and cardiac health on hiatus in favor of “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 3-D” merchandising. Instead of a bilingual children’s book inside, this box offered a cheap plastic pen in the shape of begoggled pod-racing eight year-old Anakin Skywalker. It was right on top, too. I didn’t have to open the liner bag or dig through puffed O’s of oat dust or do anything to get to it. I felt like I was acting out a little skit about degenerate corporate commercialism right there at my breakfast table while Howard Zinn peered at me smugly from the cover of his book.

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2 thoughts on “From O to Zinn”

  1. “A People’s History of the United States” is one of the books that literally changed my life. Before I read it back in 2004, I was reactionary Republican fond of war, empire and ignorant of the fact that all great change begins with the PEOPLE, not the (mis)leaders of the ruling class. I owe my awakening to Zinn, Chomsky etc…

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