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Perhaps the most profound implication of the charge of elitism that is being leveled against wilderness defenders is unAmericanism; wilderness, we are told, is elitist, and therefore a violation of everything the country stands for. Everything should be available to everybody, nothing should be held out for the favored few… But if you gut the wilderness with roads, or lace it up with safety railings, you no longer permit the hard worker to achieve more than the lazy one… If someone suggested doing that with the nation’s economy, everyone would assume he was communist.

–Paul Schullery

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