Three Prisoners: The Petty Route Home

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By Howard Zinn • The Nation • April 1, 1968


Somewhere between Bangkok and Paris on· the flight home, our tensions beginning to ebb, I confessed to Dan Berrigan ( after all, he is a Jesuit priest) that, despite heroic efforts to match my politicial science colleagues on the Cynicism Scale, I had somehow retained in my bones a granule of naivete about governments, especially my own. And this despite my recent talks to students about Machiavellianism in the contemporary world, and my en­tranced reading of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold ( which can oe seen as a modern-day version of William Godwin’s early anarchist novel, Caleb Williams, where a man is viciously hunted by all governments). But let me explain….

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