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by Ethan Russell

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“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” — Mario Savio, Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

“The employers will love this generation,” said Clark Kerr, president of the University of California (who would later resign in the wake of the Free Speech Movement). “They aren’t going to press many grievances. They are going to be easy to handle. There aren’t going to be any riots.”  (From ETHAN RUSSELL: AN AMERICAN STORY available here)

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