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Abbie Hoffman

Hoffman visiting the University of Oklahoma to protest the Vietnam War, c. 1969
Born Abbot Howard Hoffman
(1936-11-30)November 30, 1936
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died April 12, 1989(1989-04-12) (aged 52)
Solebury Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Writer, activist, psychologist, speaker
Nationality American
Ethnicity Jewish
Alma mater Brandeis University and University of California, Berkeley
Period 1967–1989
Genre Nonfiction, politics
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

The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.
Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
Abbie Hoffman
Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.
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Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.
A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.

Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
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.
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The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.
Abbie Hoffman
The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.
Abbie Hoffman
Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
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.
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When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.
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I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.
Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
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.
Abbie Hoffman
Once you get the right image the details aren't that important.
Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.
Abbie Hoffman
You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
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