Hoffman visiting the University of Oklahoma to protest the Vietnam War, c. 1969
|Born||Abbot Howard Hoffman
November 30, 1936
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||April 12, 1989
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, activist, psychologist, speaker|
|Alma mater||Brandeis University and University of California, Berkeley|
|Subject||Political philosophy, social revolution, guerrilla theater, civil rights, gift economics|
|Literary movement||Yippie, 1960s counterculture|
|Notable works||Revolution for the Hell of It, Woodstock Nation, Steal This Book|
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.
Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.
The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.
The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.
To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.
When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.
Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.