The Philadelphia City Council has approved a resolution that calls for socialism to be taught in public high schools.
The resolution requires that socialist historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” be part of the high school U.S. history curriculum, as reported by The Daily Caller.
According to Discover The Network, Zinn was a Marxist and a member of the Communist Party. The group says his book is a “Marxist tract that describes America as a predatory and repressive capitalist state — sexist, racist, imperialist — that is run by a corporate ruling class for the benefit of the rich.”
“Zinn’s book is lauded in far-left circles, but many conservative thinkers believe his self-described ‘history’ is really social activism masquerading as fact,” The Daily Caller’s Robby Soave wrote.
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin highlighted a review of Zinn’s book by Dan Flynn a few years back that said, in part:
Zinn utters perhaps the most honest words of A People’s History of the United States in the conclusion of the book’s 1995 edition, conceding that his work is “a biased account.”
“I am not troubled by that,” he adds, “because the mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction—so tremblingly respectful of states and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people’s movements—that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission.”
Or, in other words, as Flynn stated, two wrongs make a right.
Soave pointed out that city council members Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell supported the resolution, believing “Zinn’s far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks.”
The school district superintendent and board have the power to set curriculum, meaning the resolution is little more than a strong recommendation, but Kenny and Blackwell believe a message must be sent that Philadelphia students need formal instruction in recognizing privilege and inequality, according to Soave.
Zinn was an apologist for communist dictators like Fidel Castro, who has a long history of oppressing the people of Cuba, The Daily Caller reported.
Not surprisingly, Blackwell defended the Castro regime.
“Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS.
For this to be happening in Philadelphia, of all places, the city of origin for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is an indication of just how far we have devolved as a society — our Founding Fathers have to be rolling over in their graves.