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Abbie Hoffman

Data di nascita: 30. Novembre 1936
Data di morte: 12. Aprile 1989

Abbot "Abbie" Hoffman è stato un attivista e politico statunitense, esponente della sinistra radicale degli Stati Uniti , cofondatore dello "Youth International Party" e, successivamente, un fuggitivo ricercato dalla giustizia. La sua figura è associata ai movimenti di protesta negli Stati Uniti durante gli anni sessanta e settanta ed è divenuta un simbolo della ribellione giovanile di quegli anni.

Frasi Abbie Hoffman

„Eravamo giovani, eravamo avventati, arroganti, stupidi, testardi. E avevamo ragione! Non rimpiango niente.“

—  Abbie Hoffman

dalla prefazione di Anti-Disciplinary Protest
We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong — and we were right! I regret nothing.

„La rivoluzione non è un qualcosa legato all'ideologia, né una moda di una particolare decade. È un processo perpetuo insito nello spirito umano.“

—  Abbie Hoffman

da Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
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.

„Rubare a un fratello o una sorella è male. Non rubare alle istituzioni, che sono i pilastri dell'Impero del Ma(ia)le è altrettanto immorale.“

—  Abbie Hoffman

dall'introduzione di Ruba questo libro
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.

„È imbarazzante cercare di rovesciare il Governo e ritrovarsi nell'elenco dei best sellers!“

—  Abbie Hoffman

da Ruba questo libro
It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

Origine: Revolution for the Hell of It (1968), p. 109, quoting the famous statement of Marshall McLuhan.
Contesto: STRUCTURE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONTENT IN THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION. It is the same as saying "the medium is the message."

„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

Closing words from his last speech, Vanderbilt University (April 1989).
Contesto: 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!

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

The "Steal Yourself Rich" Book (1971), p. v.
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

Origine: Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980), p. 64.
Contesto: My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

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

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

Closing words from his last speech, Vanderbilt University (April 1989).
Contesto: 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!

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„TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE“

—  Abbie Hoffman, Revolution for the Hell of It

Origine: Revolution for the Hell of It (1968), p. 184.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

Origine: Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980), p. 297.
Contesto: 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.

„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

Origine: Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980), p. 297.
Contesto: 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.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman, libro Steal This Book

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.
Origine: Steal This Book
Contesto: The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it. The second duty is to eat breakfast. I ain't going.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman, libro Steal This Book

Introduction, p. v.
Origine: Steal This Book (1971)
Contesto: 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.

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