"So after two months of running around fifteen or twenty schools, I came to a view I hadn't seen before, similar to the hard-hat proposition: which is, basically, that the students in the United States are enjoying a very specialized way of life, compared to the rest of the world. They've really got it easy -- you know, they have these great lounges, they can go around in their shorts and be as sexy as they want and get laid all they want, they get fed in cafeterias, and they have an unlimited supply of milk like big babies, and then they get these big jars of peanut butter like overgrown television pubescents
, get all the books they want . . Sort of like -- at Kent State, for instance, it's sort of like an old folks' home for young people in that sense. Leading a very cloistered, sheltered , and spoon-fed life, you know, in which all the charming indulgences of American youth are indulged in, like having an unlimited milk supply and having little cars and gasoline they can run around in, bicycles and dates and nice dormitories -- a little cramped, you know, that's the only obvious sort of squeeze on consciousness there, that the dormitory rooms are being made smaller and smaller and the buildings larger."
Allen Ginsberg, "Rap Session: University of California at Davis," April 27, 1971 in Ball, Gordon (Ed.) Allen Verbatim: Lectures on Poetry, Politics, Consciousness McGraw-Hill, New York 1974. p. 13