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Civil power in dark times

Many become pessimists of Trump and the rise of right-wing populism, but abuse of power and inequality can bring new life to civil society. 

I stand in front of the most important bookshelf in the legendary City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. We might call it the "anti-Trump shelf," or "the shelf for civil disobedience and activism," but most of all this is pay homage to those who want and seeking the truth.

That's a big word: truth – but it is more important than most other words, because it brings together everything worth fighting for, yes, what makes life worth living, in one concept. Such a focus is needed, for the lives we live are under attack from many teams.

The United States has received an unbearable scuffle as president. How did we get here? How can a villain without the utmost interest in the lives of others – and far less for what is true – become the most powerful man in the world?

Resistance library. There are many classics on the shelf: Frantz Fanon is represented with several titles, and books by Emerson, Glissant, Rorty, Chomsky and Zizek are in order. I ask one of the staff which book is currently selling best, and answer that by far the most popular of this Trump hat period is Naomi Kleins No Is Not Enough. Small, left-hand residence poster girl, has had tremendous impact with books like No Logo, The Shock Doctrine og This Changes. . .

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Kjetil Røed
Freelance writer.

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