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“I don’t think the political arena is where social change occurs. It follows. It always comes later. They’re just reactive—they’ve got pollsters in the White House. I mean, there’s the sole man in the Oval Office reading his polls to decide how to think. Which is great from our point of view. We do have an actor–we have just what we wanted. All we have to do is accept responsibility for the programming.”   –Ram Dass

( from a 1980s debate between RD and Timothy Leary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMn31VvR6xI )