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The 5 Most Destructive Political Ideas in Matt Damon's Movies

1) Howard Zinn was a truth-teller.

Matt Damon’s entire career rests on the Oscar-winning screenplay he and Ben Affleck wrote as starring vehicles for themselves, Good Will Hunting. Without it, both actors would have disappeared into the Hollywood digestive tract. A chance side comment Damon shamelessly threw into the movie as a plug for his favorite Marxist intellectual, though, turned out to be hugely influential. Few people who weren’t subscribers to The Nation had ever heard of Howard Zinn when Damon’s genius character said in the movie, “Read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. That book’ll knock you on your ass.”

That vile tract -- which was recently runner-up in a survey that asked historians to name “the least credible history book in print” -- has been a mammoth bestseller ever since, warping millions of young Americans and convincing them to view their homeland as a racist, sexist, genocidal machine for oppressing the poor. The book continues to poison the wells: When Purdue University president and former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels correctly suggested it wasn’t up to standards, the Left that dominates the educational establishment predictably went ballistic and cried censorship -- as if universities now have a solemn duty to propagate a hideously distorted Pravda-level take on U.S. history.