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October 29, 2011


Phil Woodbury

The Quakers (formally known as the Society of Friends), for whom non-violence and resistance to arbitrary authority are central beliefs, may be saddened that their book fair provided inspiration for the adventures of a military action figure. But a fascinating piece, as always.

Paul Tamburello aka pt at large

Fascinating observation, Phil,

Playing war, in its various guises with those little metal army men and tanks and planes then later with GI Joe, was a big pastime with me and Sammy Colt, my next door neighbor. Find a stick and pretty soon it could become a bazooka. I guess the best way for The Society of Friends to look at it is that it allowed us to play war in our imaginations, get it out of our systems, so we wouldn't have the urge to do it on some battlefield halfway around the world.

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