Democratic America In The Eyes Of Howard Zinn

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Democratic America in the Eyes of Howard Zinn

In the first essay written by Howard Zinn he tries to answer the
question of “How Democratic Is America?”. He seems to know what he is
talking a great deal about government but it seems like anybody can just talk
about how our government works and to say that that is the definition of
democracy. The only thing he did differently was using an increase in
vocabulary and try to talk about the same thing over and over again. Where
Zinn could have said that democracy not only requires formal system of
government equality to all Americans. But Americans are not the only ones
who deserve this kind of treatment. Everybody from all walks of life
deserves equality. Instead of summing all that in two lines he goes on and
on about the same subject. For instance, Zinn’s ten criteria that need to
followed that is what Americans follow in order to have democracy. All he
needed to say there was that everybody needs freedom, liberty, and equal
opportunity to succeed no matter what your background.
Zinn goes on to describe democracy. First he says that democracy
should be based on the same way America fought for their own government
during the American Revolution. Next he goes on to describe democracy
by saying what it has become today in the way of its development. It is not
the same as it once was fifty years or more. Another thing, Zinn says
democracy is something they do not have in other countries. Their
government will never equal ours because theirs has so many defaults and
we do not have as many. Zinn goes on and on to define what he thinks
democracy is but he still gets nowhere in trying to prove what he is trying to
say. Zinn does not understand his own definition of democracy. He thinks
it is the way government works and the way people live because of the
government by which they live under at the same time. Zinn has some
interesting things to say and he makes some good points but for the most
part I find his essay completely ineffective in what he wants the reader to
believe with him.
The second essay by Sidney Hook is a critical of Howard Zinn’s
essay. Hook is a much better writer than Zinn. Hook is able to point out all
of Zinn’s faults with his essay. Hook does show where Zinn messed up
when he was saying what was the definition of democracy. Zinn’s fault
was that he tries to define democracy but uses to different forms of the word
in his essay. Hook also shows another error in Zinn’s essay where Zinn
says that democracy can be measured by comparing it to an “ideal”. The

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