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Edward Abbey
1927 - 1989

Conservationist, environmental activist, sometime anarchist, author of Desert Solitaire, The Monkey Wrench Gang, and others


A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

Society is like a stew. If you donít keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.

1979 - from Abbey's Road