There is a necessity of getting out of movements — even movements that have seemed necessary and dear to us — when they lapsed into self—righteousness and self-betrayal, as movements seem almost invariably to do. People in movements too readily learn to deny to others the rights and privileges they demand for themselves. They too easily become unable to mean their their own language, as when a “peace movement” becomes violent. They often become too specialized, as if finally they cannot help taking refuge in pinhole vision of the institutional intellectuals. They almost always fail to be radical enough, dealing finally in effects rather than causes. Or they deal with single issues or single solutions, as if to assume themselves that they will not be radical enough.

Wendell Berry

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