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Matt Damon Rewords U.S. History

By James Hirsen
August 4, 2009

Matt Damon has joined forces with left-wing activist Howard Zinn for a documentary project on American History.

It turns out that Damon is a longtime fan of Zinn. In fact, in his breakthrough flick, “Good Will Hunting,” Damon’s character praises Zinn's book, “A People’s History of the United States.”

The actor has now co-produced and narrated “The People Speak,” which is an upcoming History Channel movie based on Zinn's book.

Unfortunately, Zinn’s work offers a pessimistic vision of the American experience, focusing mainly on oppressed minorities. What is also unfortunate is that “Zinn history” is filled with inaccuracies.

But the author seems to revel in twisting the subject. He has said that objectivity in history is “undesirable.”

Zinn also encourages the promotion of an agenda. “Because if you have any kind of a social aim,” he declares, “if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity.”

Zinn’s agenda is just about as far-left as it gets. He detests the founding principles of the United States yet delights in the kind of governance practiced in places like China under Mao, Nicaragua under the Sandinistas and Cuba under Castro.

Regrettably, Damon is joined in the documentary by other members of the Hollywood community including Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Morgan Freeman, and Marisa Tomei.



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