April 11, 2013
Seven Stories Press recently received a letter from a man named Anthony Oliver who is incarcerated in a prison in Pennsylvania. Mr. Oliver had requested a copy of Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War. Though Mr. Oliver had not yet read the copy we sent when he wrote back, he had previously read Seven Stories’ Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948, and offered these thoughts in his letter:
Wars, a recession, and the dissatisfaction with government are signs that those entrusted to run government are out of touch with those who elected them to run it, and brings to mind the old adage “power corrupts…” I also remember a most quotable line from a favorite movie I first saw as a teenager–Star Wars. Princess Leia, when she was captured, had stared defiantly at her subduers, and, unflinching, proclaimed, “The more you tighten your grip, the more [systems] just slip through your fingers.” I believe this quite apropos in the case of the UN vote on 29 November, 2012, recognizing Palestine as a state. The world (or “systems”) spoke out against US support of Israeli aggression and terrorism against the Palestinian people specifically, and US interventionism generally.
Seven Stories finds that there are fewer and fewer people in the world who can dedicate themselves to such extensive reading as the incarcerated often want to undertake, and value them as some of our most important readers.