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What is the sacrifice of human progress?

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In Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the history shared in the book is, in contrast to mainstream history textbooks, not written from the perspective of "the victors." Rather, it is centered on people who have been, and still absolutely are to varying degrees, socially, politically, and/or economically oppressed by this dominant political system. The book poignantly demonstrates how societal and national "progress" is intertwined with the oppression of exploited laborers (in the form of enslaved folks, indentured folks, and wage laborers), displacement and genocide of Indigenous people, and the oppression of the earth. The concept of human progress can not be singularly defined as it is a deeply subjective term, and one that is often defined dominantly by those who benefit from the exploitation of other humans, animals, and/or the earth. The existence of civilization has always been contingent on exploitation and concentration of power. concepts of human progress are...

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