Watch As Matt Damon Blows Your Mind

Jan 16, 2014, Society

Just when you think you know someone, they get on stage and blow your mind! …Not every actor and public figure is as shallow as they seem. Now, I believer MOST are simply puppets of the media, the elite, and other powers that be, BUT every once in a while someone stands up for what they really believe.


In this video, well-known actor, Matt Damon, reads aloud “The Problem Is Civil Obedience”, a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience. Matt Damon was a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn, a political and social activist, and playwright.

Matt Damon isn’t asking you to start a revolution, but when you hear this, you just may do so anyway!

This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” with Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco at the Metro in Chicago in January of 2012.

Here’s what Zinn wrote about this speech in his introduction to the full piece in his book Voices of a People’s History of the United States, published in 2004.

“In November 1970, after my arrest along with others who had engaged in a Boston protest at an army base to block soldiers from being sent to Vietnam, I flew to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to take part in a debate with the philosopher Charles Frankel on civil disobedience. I was supposed to appear in court that day in connection with the charges resulting from the army base protest. I had a choice: show up in court and miss this opportunity to explain – and practice – my commitment to civil disobedience, or face the consequences of defying the court order by going to Baltimore. I chose to go. The next day, when I returned to Boston, I went to teach my morning class at Boston University. Two detectives were waiting outside the classroom and hauled me off to court, where I was sentenced to a few days in jail. Here is the text of my speech that night at Johns Hopkins.”

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