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Abbie Hoffman

Data de nascimento: 30. Novembro 1936
Data de falecimento: 12. Abril 1989

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Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman foi um ativista social e político norte-americano, anarquista e auto-proclamado revolucionário, co-fundador do Partido Internacional da Juventude .

Ele foi preso e julgado por conspiração e incitar a revolta como resultado de sua função em protestos que levaram a violentos confrontos com a polícia durante a Convenção Nacional Democrata de 1968, juntamente com Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, e Bobby Seale. O grupo ficou conhecido coletivamente como "Oito de Chicago"; quando a acusação de Seale foi separada da dos outros, se tornaram conhecidos como os Sete de Chicago. Enquanto os réus foram inicialmente condenados por intenção de incitar um motim, as sentenças foram anuladas por recurso.

Hoffman continuou sua militância na década de 1970, e continua a ser um ícone do movimento anti-guerra e da era da contracultura.

Citações Abbie Hoffman

„All you kiddies remember to lay off the needle drugs“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: All you kiddies remember to lay off the needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon. "God Bless America — Shoot Nixon", on the spoken word album Wake Up America! (1970).

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„Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce. p. 64.

„In the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation — Jim Crow — ended. We didn't end racism, but we ended legal segregation.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: In the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation — Jim Crow — ended. We didn't end racism, but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you can send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight in a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. Now, it doesn't matter who sits in the Oval Office. But the big battles that were won in that period of civil war and strife you cannot reverse. We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong … and we were right! I regret nothing! Closing words from his last speech, Vanderbilt University (April 1989).

„We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong … and we were right! I regret nothing!“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: In the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation — Jim Crow — ended. We didn't end racism, but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you can send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight in a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. Now, it doesn't matter who sits in the Oval Office. But the big battles that were won in that period of civil war and strife you cannot reverse. We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong … and we were right! I regret nothing! Closing words from his last speech, Vanderbilt University (April 1989).

„STRUCTURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONTENT IN THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: STRUCTURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONTENT IN THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION. It is the same as saying "the medium is the message." p. 109, quoting the famous statement of Marshall McLuhan.

„Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: 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. The "Steal Yourself Rich" Book (1971), p. v.

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„There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning. I think I've learned that lesson twice now. The essence of successful revolution, be it for an individual, a community of individuals, or a nation, depends on accepting that challenge. p. 297.

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

— Abbie Hoffman
Tikkun (July-August 1989); also quoted in The Best Liberal Quotes Ever : Why the Left is Right (2004) by William P. Martin, p. 51.

„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.“

— Abbie Hoffman
Context: 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. When all today's isms have become yesterday's ancient philosophy, there will still be reactionaries and there will still be revolutionaries. No amount of rationalization can avoid the moment of choice each of us brings to our situation here on the planet. I still believe in the fundamental injustice of the profit system and do not accept the proposition there will be rich and poor for all eternity. p. 297.

„The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.“

— Abbie Hoffman, Steal This Book
Context: The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. The second duty is to eat breakfast. I ain't going. Spoken to police immediately prior to his arrest at the Lincoln Hotel Restaurant in Chicago (August 1968), quoting himself in "Creating the Perfect Mess" (1 September 1968) in Revolution for the Hell of It (1968); also quoted in Abbie Hoffman : American Rebel (1992) by Marty Jezer.

„Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a
commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps.“

— Abbie Hoffman, Steal This Book
Context: Your body is just one in a mass of cuddly humanity. 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. The duty of a revolutionary is to make love and that means staying alive and free. That doesn't allow for cop-outs. Smoking dope and hanging up Che's picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the distribution of power. Introduction, p. v.

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