People in all countries need the spirit of disobedience to the state.
Power doesn’t have to answer to what it refuses to see or hear. That’s why we need more immigrant voices in our culture, we need more contemporary, visceral stories of emigration so power can’t help but listen. We need rebels like my great-grandfather, who through his actions and words, helped create a new national identity. We need brave people willing to step off the path and be bad citizens, we need people storming our 21st-century barricades and willing to be used as sandbags.