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The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which no man has the power of means to coerce others.
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In art as in a boat, a bullet, or a coconut-cream pie, purpose determines form.
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The earth is real. Only a fool, milking his cow, denies the cow's reality.
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Some lives are tragic, some ridiculous. Most are both at once.
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Man's deliberate destruction of his own habitat--planet Earth--could serve as a mighty theme for a mighty book worthy of a modern Melville or Tolstoy. But our best fictioneers confine themselves to domestic drama--soap opera with literary trimmings.
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