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Born: 1944-12-26
Profession: Activist
Nation: American
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The nice thing about being detained in Canada is it's like being in a Days Inn; it's very clean and very nice.

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Two thousand people a day were being murdered in Vietnam in a terrorist war, an official terrorist war.

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We should open our eyes, see what's in front of us, and act.

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Chicago '68 was a relatively small demonstration for its time, but I've talked to millions of people who claim they were there because it felt like we were all there. Everyone from our generation was there and was at Woodstock.

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I was arrested in 1965 for opposing the war in Vietnam. There were 39 of us arrested that day. But thousands opposed us. And the majority of the people in the country supported the war then.

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It's amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.

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Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at.

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I didn't kill innocent people.

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I don't regret setting bombs.

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I knew Barack Obama, absolutely. And I knew him probably as well as thousands of other Chicagoans.

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I would say for the young: Don't be straight jacketed by ideology. Don't be driven by a structure of ideas.

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Nothing is more boring than some old person going on and on about the way things used to be.

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Beginning to dismantle the Pentagon would save $1 trillion a year - a small government proposal if ever there was one.

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Every revolution seems impossible at the beginning, and after it happens, it was inevitable.

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I didn't respond to people thrusting microphones at me and asking me questions that were unanswerable in a sound bite.

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I find some unity with Ron Paul.

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I have an addiction to caffeine.

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I haven't been silent. I teach, I lecture at universities, I write, I'm not silent.

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I suffer from a genetic flaw, which is that my mother was a hopeless Pollyanna.

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I think I am a radical. I have never deviated from that. By radical, I mean someone trying to go to the root of things.

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I voted for Obama and I was delighted that he's been elected.

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I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire.

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I was a militant.

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I was involved in the anti-war movement.

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I wish I had been wiser. I wish I had been more effective, I wish I'd been more unifying, I wish I'd been more principled.

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Imperialism or globalization - I don't have to care what it's called to hate it.

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Large numbers of people are broken from the notion that the system is working for people, that the system is just or humane or peaceful.

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Nixon probably was a nice guy.

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Teaching has always been, for me, linked to issues of social justice. I've never considered it a neutral or passive profession.

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Terrorists destroy randomly.

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