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    Default Edward Abbey - The last of the Americans

    This is a tribute to a free minded American, a true rebel, an Ecologist, an Anarchist, an Atheist, a fighter: Edward Abbey.

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    Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that's only natural. It's hard. But it's fair.
    Abbey's Road in In Defense of the Redneck (1979), p. 168.

    The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an "equalizer." Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed — but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.
    Abbey's Road (1979)

    My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation's history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.
    Confessions of a Barbarian: Selections from the Journals of Edward Abbey, 1951-1989 (1994) p. 92


    All living things on earth are kindred.
    "Serpents of Paradise", p. 22

    I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. (Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!)
    "Cliffrose and Bayonets", p. 25

    Growth for the sake of growth is a cancerous madness.
    "Water", p. 114

    Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
    "Down the River", p. 148

    To make the distinction unmistakably clear: Civilization is the vital force in human history; culture is that inert mass of institutions and organizations which accumulate around and tend to drag down the advance of life; Civilization is Giordano Bruno facing death by fire; culture is the Cardinal Bellarmino, after ten years of inquisition, sending Bruno to the stake in the Campo di Fiori; Civilization is Sartre; culture Cocteau; Civilization is mutual aid and self-defense; culture is the judge, the lawbook and the forces of Law & Ordure (sic); Civilization is uprising, insurrection, revolution; culture is the war of state against state, or of machines against people, as in Hungary and Vietnam; Civilization is tolerance, detachment and humor, or passion, anger, revenge; culture is the entrance examination, the gas chamber, the doctoral dissertation and the electric chair; Civilization is the Ukrainian peasant Nestor Makhno fighting the Germans, then the Reds, then the Whites, then the Reds again; culture is Stalin and the Fatherland; Civilization is Jesus turning water into wine; culture is Christ walking on the waves; Civilization is a youth with a Molotov cocktail in his hand; culture is the Soviet tank or the L.A. cop that guns him down; Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; Civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates, like tired, sick, stifled blood.

    "Episodes and Visions", p. 308


    All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires.
    “Fire Lookout: Numa Ridge”, p. 57

    Come on in. The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone — and to no one.
    “Come On In”, p. 88


    The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.
    "Shadows from the Big Woods", p. 223


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

    Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.

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


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