The Minutemen, founded by wack­aloon Jim Gilchrist, are dis­in­te­grat­ing:

Gilchrist’s move­ment is falling apart, over­taken by new mem­bers whom he describes as “trou­ble­mak­ers with per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders and crim­i­nal propensities.”

As opposed to their orig­i­nal mem­ber­ship, which was entirely sane and rational.

Gilchrist, his face leathered from spend­ing days under the scorch­ing desert sun, takes a drag of a Pall Mall cig­a­rette as he pon­ders the unfore­seen turn his move­ment has taken. “Twenty, forty years from now, my name may pop up in the his­tory books. It may say, ‘He was all wrong–Loon Gilchrist, he caused this,’” Gilchrist says.

It won’t take forty years, or even twenty. As some book or other reminds us, “by their fruits ye shall know them”.


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