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Saturday, February 9

Whack!

I've been watching too many old movies lately.

In Easy Rider (1969) the protagonists run into some bigots who take issue with their counter culture appearance (long hair, motorcycles, etc). Not that the counter-culture is portrayed as nor meant to be taken as the answer to the country's problems at the time, Jack Nicholson's character had something to say about freedom after the three travelers are threatened in a Louisiana luncheonette.
George Hanson [Jack Nicholson]: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

Billy [Dennis Hopper]: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.

George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.

Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.

George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.

George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things.

I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

Billy: Well, it don't make 'em runnin' scared.

George Hanson: No, it makes 'em dangerous.

Bam! The rednecks whack him in his sleep.

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