Abbie Hoffman

  • American activist
  • Born November 30, 1936
  • Died April 12, 1989

Abbot Howard Hoffman (November 30, 1936 – April 12, 1989) was an American political and social activist, anarchist, and revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies"). He was also a leading proponent of the Flower Power movement. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in protests that led to violent confrontations with police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, along with Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale.

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.

The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.

Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.

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.

I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.

Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.

Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

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.

When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.

The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.

Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.

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.

A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station.

The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.

Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.

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.