English: This photo was taken near the Woodstock music festival on August 18, 1969. Photo: Ric Manning

It is characteristic of this kind of movement that its aims and premises are boundless. A social struggle is seen not as a struggle for specific, limited objectives, but as an event of unique importance, different in kind from all other struggles known to history, a cataclysm from which the world is to emerge totally transformed and redeemed.
—Norman Cohn, The Pursuit of the Millennium

… the consciousness of the liberals had proved inadequate to the task.
—Charles Reich, The Greening of America

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