So what ARE all those medals then.....

I read this as a callow youth back in high-school in the mid sixties - it, and subsequent events at Berkeley through the decade to Kent State, and the Paris student riots of the late sixties informed much of my thinking through the subsequent years. Sadly, little has changed for the better and much for the worse.....

"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, University of California, Berkeley, December 2, 1964