Marxist History and Good Will Hunting

QUESTION: Marxist History – Good Will Hunting


Good Will Hunting (a 1997 film)—Giving a nod to radical Marxist personalities, Will Hunting (Matt Damon) informs his psychiatrist of his interest in Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States. In response, the psychiatrist (Robin Williams) praises Noam Chomsky as well. However, both writers are Marxists who hate America and everything it stands for. Zinn once wrote, “Objectivity is impossible and it is also undesirable...because if you have any kind of a social aim...then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity.”

Marxist History – A People’s History
A People’s History is a revisionist tale with outrageous remarks and factual errors parading as history, yet is required reading on many campuses. For example, Zinn portrays the founding of the United States as a “diabolically creative way to ensure oppression.” Noam Chomsky, also a radical leftist, “ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities.” In a 2003 interview, he said “the U.S. government is an extreme radical and nationalist group with some similarities to European Fascism.”1


Rendered with permission from the book, Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews (Rev. 2nd ed), David Noebel, Summit Press, 2006. Compliments of John Stonestreet, David Noebel, and the Christian Worldview Ministry at Summit Ministries. All rights reserved in the original.

1 Interview with Howard Zinn,”, Quotes cited in Daniel Flynn, Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas (New York, NY: Crown Forum, 2004), 102, 107, 109.

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