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FBI Files Reveal Historian Howard Zinn Lied to Hide CPUSA Membership

posted at 12:30 pm on July 31, 2010 by

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) document drop on the Left’s favorite anti-American historian:

On July 30, 2010, the FBI released one file with three sections totaling 423 pages on Howard Zinn, a best selling radical historian, teacher, playwright, and political activist. . . .
In 1949, the FBI opened a domestic security investigation on Zinn (FBI File # 100-360217). The Bureau noted Zinn’s activities in what were called Communist Front Groups and received informant reports that Zinn was an active member of the CPUSA; Zinn denied ever being a member when he was questioned by agents in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the Bureau took another look at Zinn on account of his criticism of the FBI’s civil rights investigations. Further investigation was made when Zinn traveled to North Vietnam with Daniel Berrigan as an anti-war activist.

Cliff Kincaid summarizes the FBI documents:

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.

Read the rest of that. What is important to note here is that Zinn evidently joined the Kremlin-controlled CPUSA not during the “Popular Front” era of the 1930s — when many idealists were seduced — but after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Stalin cruelly and cynically sacrificed Poland to the Nazis. Zinn was a card-carrying Commie who advocated Marxism-Leninism after the Red Army’s “Iron Curtain” occupation of Eastern Europe, after the treachery of the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss had been revealed, and even during the height of Stalin’s anti-Semitic “Doctors’ Plot” purge!

Read more — including key excerpts from Zinn’s FBI file — at The Other McCain.

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Zinn lied??????? SHOCKAH!

thebrokenrattle on July 31, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Gonzo McShoeleather strikes again.

This was pretty obvious anyway, but the proof from the FBI is interesting and useful since this turd and Matt “Supergenius” Damon are trying to use the History Channel to put their Stalinist eraser to our collective conscious.

Now we know exactly where they are coming from.

Thanks.

Brian1972 on July 31, 2010 at 12:57 PM

A hundred years from now, after we are all dead and buried, historians will reveal that there were many prominent people who were members of the CPUSA, and many more who were openly sympathetic to the ideology.

Sad that we can’t learn about it now while they’re actively destroying the foundations on which the United States was constructed.

Well, if you’re paying attention with open eyes, ears, and mind, you shouldn’t need someone to tell you the obvious.

Skandia Recluse on July 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Howard Zinn…

Matt Damon…

And all involved in promoting Zinn’s deceit, derogatory redo of our nation’s history…words fail me here.

My disgust for these liars is beyond expression.

I can’t even look at Damon’s face on DVD covers any longer wihtout feeling sick to my stomach.

Lourdes on July 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Great work Mr. McCain. I’m glad it made it to the green room. Hopefully the headline is not far away.

Paul Revere_1 on July 31, 2010 at 6:58 PM

There’s hiding one’s past from McCarthyism…

And then there’s hiding one’s past because you’ve got a truckload full of dirt.

Zinn the Zero is the latter case.

Dark-Star on July 31, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Let’s see…. it took more than 50 years for this to come out. Wonder how long we’ll have to wait for Obama’s FBI – CPUSA file to come out??

katy on July 31, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Great work finding this out these days…

tinkerthinker on July 31, 2010 at 11:26 PM

It feels like the day I opened the newspaper and read that Paul Lynde was really gay. Oh, the shock!!

RBMN on July 31, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Howard Zinn, Communist Party member

I’m flabbergasted.

Sharke on July 31, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Read the communist party platform. Tell me these people aren’t insane or motivated by evil.

Inanemergencydial on July 31, 2010 at 11:51 PM

I’m surprised!!!!…..NOT

Sekhmet on July 31, 2010 at 11:55 PM

BallisticBob on July 31, 2010 at 11:55 PM

They’re now running the country that hate…I’m sure things should will work out though/

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:04 AM

BallisticBob on July 31, 2010 at 11:55 PM

They’re now running the country that
they hate…I’m sure things should will work out though/

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:04 AM

oops

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Sooo – Joe Stalin murdered 50 million or so, conservatively. Uh, one of the greatest tyrants in world history. He was the inspiration and role model for Howard Zinn.

Hey, I got a great idea! Let’s let Howard Zinn teach our kids history!!

chris999 on August 1, 2010 at 12:08 AM

We’ve gone to war fighting the communist. Thousands have died doing so.
Why are these people here melting into our society?

Seems like a reasonable question.

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM

My colleagues in the American Federation of Teachers will now certainly redouble their assigning Peoples History to their classes. Their doubts are now washed away.Zinn was a real card carrying Red.

xkaydet65 on August 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Linked to this earlier. Thanks to the fabulous other McCain for a terrific article!

Connie on August 1, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Zinn would fit in well with the Obama administration. Here’s a question: is there anyone out there examining Obama’s culpability for treason? He is clearly allowing for the dissemination of classified documents and materiel, has brought down out European missile defenses, and has crippled (and plans to destroy) the US economy. Further, he has been working to bypass the US Congress by creating his shadow government reportable only to him.

If these acts do not qualify as Treason, then I don’t know what does!

stonemeister on August 1, 2010 at 12:34 AM

stonemeister on August 1, 2010 at 12:34 AM

There are still too many “reaonable” (/) people in media, and the halls of congress to ever come close to speaking the dreaded “T” word. No one wants to be the first to light the fuse…

We now have an idea why the German people could have let things deteriorate as long as they did…

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:40 AM

I kind of knew it, but I wish I hadn’t been reminded.

Why are communists so incapable of seeing that IT HAS NEVER WORKED? When the implementation of your ideas ALWAYS results in starvation, suffering, blood tears and death on a mass scale, it’s time to get some new ideas.

Merovign on August 1, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Merovign on August 1, 2010 at 1:06 AM

I think the reason it never goes away is an age old problem. It stems from the ‘God void’. Humans have a vacuum in them which must be filled with something bigger than life (reality) itself. It’s their faith in communism that keeps them striving to make it perfect. If there’s no after life and this is it, they must have something that gives them meaning and purpose.
It’s God ‘through the looking glass’.

katy on August 1, 2010 at 1:17 AM

In related news:

Scientists working for the National Weather Service have released a preliminary report in which they reveal that the substance known as water is indeed wet.

This is no revelation. Anyone who has given Zinn’s canardical rendering of history even a cursory glance could tell you that he is evil. Communism is merely one path that an evil individual can choose in his quest to destroy the happiness and well being of his fellow man.

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 2:37 AM

Why are communists so incapable of seeing that IT HAS NEVER WORKED? When the implementation of your ideas ALWAYS results in starvation, suffering, blood tears and death on a mass scale, it’s time to get some new ideas.

Merovign on August 1, 2010 at 1:06 AM

What you need to understand is that communism has ALWAYS worked. That is to say that it has, when implemented, always achieved its intended results.

Those who champion communism do so because they KNOW it will cause death, destruction, misery, and ruin. They WANT that to happen. They pretend that they are trying to do good because they know that is the best way to ensure that you and other people of genuine good will do not oppose them. Believing them to be good people, we are left bewildered when they continually and repeatedly choose and promote ideas that are harmful

Good people have a hard time understanding this because we are motivated to make the world a better place. But not everyone is good. There are evil people in this world and they are intrinsically motivated to cause harm to those around them. There is no explaining why this is so. No true understanding of these people is possible. Evil simply is, it has no rationale. The only thing you can do is understand HOW these people behave and be able to predict what they are going to do next.

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 2:44 AM

A hundred years from now, after we are all dead and buried, historians will reveal that there were many prominent people who were members of the CPUSA, and many more who were openly sympathetic to the ideology.

Skandia Recluse on July 31, 2010 at 1:27 PM

You mean like people in congress, the white house, the MSM, and academia?? Now??

Nah.

Rod on August 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Um… not too sure about the probative value of ‘FBI informants’. It’s not like the FBI didn’t have a budgetary interest in finding communists under every bed back in the Fifties, when anti-communism was big with Congress.

I have no sympathy with Zinn or people of his ilk, but FBI claims – especially from the Hoover era – need to be greeted with a little skepticism.

PersonFromPorlock on August 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

Constant Parrhesia on August 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Not too surprising, but it’s good to have the smoking gun in cases where useful idiots want to use his books on students and claim it’s “history”.

Pact in which Stalin cruelly and cynically sacrificed Poland to the Nazis.

It was worse. Stalin cynically split Poland with Hitler. He let the Nazis do most of the heavy work, and then invaded 2 weeks later to take his half as had been agree to.

forest on August 1, 2010 at 8:32 AM

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 2:44 AM

Excellent…evil just is…and good people can’t rationalize it.

right2bright on August 1, 2010 at 8:42 AM

There’s hiding one’s past from McCarthyism…

And then there’s hiding one’s past because you’ve got a truckload full of dirt.

They’re the same thing. McCarthy was right. That’s why he’s so viciously smeared.

single stack on August 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

We’ve gone to war fighting the communist. Thousands have died doing so.
Why are these people here melting into our society?

Seems like a reasonable question.

katy on August 1, 2010 at 12:15 AM

After the wall fell & the USSR broke up, communists had no place to go.
Many of the hard core ones have taken up the cause in the guise of environmentalism & other similar causes. Ditto on acedemia, too.
It’s all about power.
And they’ll take it any way they can get it.
There are many good books out there on Stalin’s Russia.
Many are interviewing the dying remnants of Gulag survivors & Stalin’s era survivors.
Their story is being forgotton by some in Russia.
Hence the reminiscing of Stalin that is currently going on there.
We must support the Russians in their struggle to resist Putin’s revival of this madness.
Regardless of the FBI’s motives during that time, there was a lot of investigation of people then.
There is a lot we can learn still.
But honestly, it’s pretty easy to spot a communist, Marxist, Democrat, Liberal, etc.
All you have to do is let them speak for themselves & they will show their true intentions eventually.

Badger40 on August 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

McCarthy was right. That’s why he’s so viciously smeared.

single stack on August 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

A great man. Oh sure, he had his problems & could have gone about the task in a better way, but he knew what was going on.
Americans have smeared the messenger. They are now discovering he was right all along.
McCarthy was a tragedy, but he was trying to protect America from a very real threat.
And the threat is still there, whatever they call themselves now, communists, Marxists, Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, Gaia worshippers…

Badger40 on August 1, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I finally took a look at his stupid book when it was on display at the library when he kicked the bucket. It has no index. How can any serious non-fiction book have no index?

Blake on August 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Don’t ever forget that Matt Damon is a huge Howard Zinn fan and

a) Put a recommendation of the book History of the United States by his character in “Good Will Hunting”

b) Savaged Sarah Palin after she was announced

Don’t ever let people forget that Matt Damon is a huge Howard Zinn fan.

Conan on August 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

It explains why his “history” is nearly a word-for-word restatement of Soviet propaganda.

Crawford on August 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

Constant Parrhesia on August 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Yes, and we can hold him accountable for the company he keeps and the ideas he subscribes to.

Leftists can run, but you can’t hide, not anymore.

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Don’t ever forget that Matt Damon is a huge Howard Zinn fan and

Matt Damon is a douche.

But I will admit that, once all the leftard bullshit is purged from the film, Good Will Hunting is excellent. Damon and Affleck deserved the Oscar they won.

Someone should do a “Phantom Edit” to remove the leftist propaganda just like the people who removed Jar Jar from that Star Wars movie. You’d have to shave maybe 3 or 4 minutes from the film total, and once purged of those lies and deceptions, the resulting film would be truly outstanding.

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

Constant Parrhesia on August 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Why did he hide it?

Blake on August 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

Constant Parrhesia on August 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

It would be one thing if he were a member of a spontaneously organized group of American citizens who happened to hold unpopular beliefs. The problem is, there was no CPUSA independent of the USSR in the days Zinn was a member. Membership in the Communist Party during the Cold War is tantamount to being an agent of the Soviet Union. We were at a state of cold war with the USSR, which makes CPUSA members agents of a hostile power.

Sekhmet on August 1, 2010 at 11:17 AM

After Matt Damon’s involvement in politics during the 2008 election, I swore I would never, never see another movie of his (shut up and act, right?). You insult my party and you don’t get $50.00 movie nights from my family. I didn’t know about these documentaries (er…propaganda). He’s not married to an American. Deport him to Italy, so he can be involved in Mussolini-like politics “on the continent”.

mtb on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 AM

McCarthy proven correct by historical facts. McCarthy the first politcian that the Liberal Media destroyed.

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM

So what? This is America. He can be in any political party he wants to be. What a non-story.

Constant Parrhesia on August 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM

communism as a political party calls for the destruction of the American government as it is founded under the consitution. Therefore a case can be made that communism and those that believe in its teachings are enemies of the government.

Of course now since the communists have succeeded in the internal takeover of the federal gov it is a moot point since the communists like Obama would not arrest these tratiors but hold them up as “Heroes of the rev0!ution”.

unseen on August 1, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Sekhmet on August 1, 2010 at 11:17 AM

That’s right. And the American commies always got a raw deal by their Soviet handlers as compared to their euroweenie counterparts. Americans were always ordered to lie about their membership and that they were working for the overthrow of our government even if it meant prison terms and death. The euroweenie commies were allowed to fess up and either return or immigrate to the USSR where they could become depressed alcoholics who drink themselves to death.

I have to laugh in that almost all those who defected, their wives, kids and grandkids defected back or immigrated and became citizens of the US. LOL!

Blake on August 1, 2010 at 12:13 PM

And since the subject is commies, what is happening with Sam Tannenbaum? He wrote a bio on Whittaker Chambers which made him an expert on conservatives or sometin’ and last fall was declaring the death of the GOP?

If I had the time, I would go through the HA archives and list all the stories and names telling us conservatism was dead including by some of our very own “conservative” pundits.

Blake on August 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Um… not too sure about the probative value of ‘FBI informants’. It’s not like the FBI didn’t have a budgetary interest in finding communists under every bed back in the Fifties, when anti-communism was big with Congress.

I have no sympathy with Zinn or people of his ilk, but FBI claims – especially from the Hoover era – need to be greeted with a little skepticism.

Read the whole article. This isn’t simply a case of a handful of informants saying they saw him at such and such a meeting. There is extensive documentation compiled from multiple sources that indicates a depth of involvement that is truly impressive. That this was all long BEFORE he became infamous as a “historian.”

http://theothermccain.com/2010/07/31/fbi-files-reveal-historian-howard-zinn-lied-to-hide-cpusa-membership/

Zinn is to history what Lysenko was to farming.

leereyno on August 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM