A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn, a Companion Guide to Present-Day Life in America
A few things have given me solace in these torturous weeks. One is seeing the enormous opposition to the muslim ban from people all over the country. It’s heartwarming to see people stand up for a demonized minority. I have also found some comfort and inspiration in a series of essays written by historian Howard Zinn in the years of the Iraq war. Grouped together in a book titled A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, Zinn recollects the crimes committed by the government against the people and the oft-overlooked champions of the people. Not the figures we are told to worship like Washington or Adams: people like Douglass and Thoreau who fought for the rights of every American, not just the wealthy or the privileged, and succeeded. It’s good to know that the spirit of these Americans lives on in the protestors today.