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Why would it not be possible to create a sane, healthy, happy human society based on principles of common sense? on what we actually know, the simple truths of living experience, rather then on abstract doctrines of a life hereafter, or a life before, or on techno-utopia or the worship of power and domination? eh? Why not? Stranger things have take place.
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What our economists call a depressed area almost always turns out to be a cleaner, freer, more livable place than most.
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We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness, we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities, free from any and all direct administration by their fellow men.
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The ready availability of suicide, like sex and alcohol, is one of life's basic consolations.
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The function of an ideal is not to be realized but, like that of the North Star, to serve as a guiding point.
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