Yes, he was. Those are religions too. Even socialism.
There is this to be said in behalf of avowed and doctrinaireThe religion of socialism will come into its own, its devotees maintain, only when the devil worship of capitalism is done in.
socialists, that their faith in the State is sublime. To them, the
institution of political power is the unerring shepherd of the flock,
the guide to the Good Society; it is also the antidote for all evil,
the maker of abundance, the embodiment of justice, the sublimation of
human aspirations. That they believe. To be sure, they affect an
elaborate rationalism, something they call dialectical materialism,
which in turn rests on a verbal agglomeration known as Marxian
economics. Logic and fact without end have been applied to these
notions to prove that they are only notions. But all this cerebration
has turned out to be sheer waste of effort as far as influencing the
true worshipers is concerned. They still believe. One cannot help but
marvel at, and admire, their devotional integrity.
Poor Howeird Zinn. I hope he enjoys his new job as Satan's inverted umbrella stand.