The aspects of patriotism that hush dissent, encourage going along, and sanction comfortable distancing and compliance with what is indecent and unacceptable... those aspects are too fundamental to ignore or gloss over.

— Bernardine Dohrn

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Today enormous effort goes into convincing the American public that we're just consumers of media manipulation and sound-bites and spin doctors. That we care only about ourselves, money, and stuff. That acting out of passion and conviction doesn't make a difference. But all history shows that it does.

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You can't win for losing. Either you fulfill their stereotype of being a radical 60's person or you've sold out. In fact, of course, millions of people who were active in the 60's are doing work on issues that try to reflect their values.

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Americans love to read about violence.

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I wish that I had bridged the feminist movement and the anti-war movement better than I did.

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The real terrorist is the American government, state terrorism unleashed against the world.

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I'm so unhappy with electoral politics that I switched to sports radio.

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I was shocked at the anger toward me.

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This tendency to consider only bombings or picking up the gun as revolutionary, with the glorification of the heavier the better,we've called the military error.

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Over all, many of society's values are a cesspool.

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There are plenty of mothers who should not be allowed to raise their children.

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I think that there is a lot going on with young people today.

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I guess I feel very strongly that I disagree with the notion of personalizing history and movements and big events.

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About Bernardine Dohrn

Quotes 24 sayings
Profession Law professor
Birthday January 12, 1942

I don't come from a privileged background.

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I just feel that I don't agree with sensationalized versions of history or me.

Any version that's sensationalized.

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I think there's a mystery about what a social movement is.

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I felt grand juries were illegal and coercive.

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I think the Sixties in some ways is a barrier to young people today.

They think of it, you know, what we're doing is not that. But it's partly the myth of the Sixties. It always felt embattled and small. It always, almost always, was a small group of people relative to the opposition around.

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You're always trying to balance your understanding of who you are and what you need, and your longing and imaginings of freedom.

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I wish I could take back some of the things I said and some of the things I did.

But in the bigger picture, I don't feel that it was violent and terrible. I feel like it was primarily--obviously not completely--moral, based on a vision that the government should be better, and that people could be better, and that democracy should be real.

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Even in my most inflamed moment I never supported a racist mass murderer.

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The '60s are presented to kids today as a commodity.

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Killing a cop just because he's a cop, that'll happen.

And that should happen. And there's nothing inhuman about it at all. It's survival. It's the most human thing in the world.

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Freaks are revolutionaries, and revolutionaries are freaks

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