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Milestones

The things these kids have lived through.

—from Milestones

To stand still, to mark time on one spot, to be contented with the first goal it happens to reach, is never possible in revolution. And he who tries to apply homemade wisdom . . . to the field of revolutionary tactics only shows that the very psychology and laws of existence of revolution are alien to him and that all historical experience is to him a book sealed with seven seals.

Rosa Luxemburg

The apocalyptic and its companion, the eschatological, dominated the thinking and rhetoric of the American sixties “movement” and the “counterculture.” These frames of reference, however, were not used in any traditional sense. Apocalyptic language was politicized and implied a threat: “A hard rain’s a gonna fall,” “Revolutionary suicide,” “Burn baby burn,” “Shut the mother down.” Eschatology was neither the eschatology of Christianity nor

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