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“I have trouble with the abstract and the concrete. In the abstract we were committing civil disobedience in the cause of peace and justice. In the concrete, we were scrabbling around in the scrub, playing tag with a bunch of mercenaries who thought that we were completely demented. My faith wavers. I always had trouble seeing the guards as representatives of US military policy rather than as rednecks with limited career options, though I think many of the activists at the Test Site had the opposite problem, that perhaps the concrete didn’t complicate their abstract ideals.”

– Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams


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