You know... this used to be a hell of a good country

George Hanson: I can't understand what's going wrong with it.

Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna their throat or something, man. They're scared, man.

George Hanson: They're not scared of you.  They're scared of what you represent to them.

Billy: All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.

George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.

Billy: What the hell's wrong with freedom?  That's what it's all about.

George Hanson: Oh yeah, that's right. That's what it's all about all right. But talking about it and being it... that's two different things. I mean it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.  'Course don't tell anybody that they're not free, because then they gonna get real busy killing and maiming to prove to you that they are.  They're going to talk to you and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's going to scare them.

Billy: Well, it don't make them running scared.

George Hanson: No.  It makes them dangerous.

- Easy Rider

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