Quotes – Abbie Hoffman – A sixties Revolutionary

Quotes – Abbie Hoffman – A sixties Revolutionary

Abbie was quite a character. Back in the sixties revolution the Yippies set a tone of theatre, lunacy and revolution.
We thought we were establishing a new attitude and rejecting the warmongering, profit-driven society and replacing it with something kinder, more caring and compassionate – based on sharing and camaraderie. It was an ideal that did not last but there were some good friends made and good times. It was a time of peace, laughter, fun, thought, discovery and madness. Quite an adventure. I loved it.
The music was great, the friends brilliant and optimism ruled. What more could you want?
Another sixties would be a great idea but I fear the world has become far too cynical.
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.
Adventure and change – a wish for something better!
You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
How true in this age of greed, selfishness and hatred.
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.
Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
I can think of a few more! (But I’m not advocating shooting anyone!)
Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
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.
There is something evil about the greed and vandalism of the global corporations who would sell the future for a quick buck – and are!
The ’60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.
The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.
How true!! Let’s all make our own revolutions!

5 thoughts on “Quotes – Abbie Hoffman – A sixties Revolutionary

  1. Funny guy was Abbie, a real loose canon, and just sane within an inch of his life.
    If only Abbie ever had an original thought. He learned everything he repeated from Voltaire. I remember thinking, gee Abbie maybe you don’t know this all didn’t go so well for the French who thought up this stuff and a lot of innocent people got killed or everything stolen from them by the state. All revolutions end up with thugs being thuggish and taking control using thugs. But most American universities back then were a hotbed for infant stupidity, which were Abbie’s audience. Sheeple led by a sheep in wolf’s clothing.
    But wasn’t he wrong on the last point about
    “dope will never be as cheap” – Oh yes it it as everybody grows it or the price today versus what people paid in the 60s is so much less.
    “sex never as free” – old Abbie never counted on the thousands of websites where people of all ages advertise themselves as available looking for a partner for a free quickie”. I doubt he could even have imagined such a situation. It makes the 60s “free love” scene look like a wet Monday afternoon’s half-day closing.
    “rock and roll never as great” – jump forward a year or two into the 70s and weep Abbie, where the quality of music rocketed forward, especially in the US where the 60s bands were almost all to a man fairly terrible. Not so much in England, as they were always well ahead in terms of quality, ingenuity and performance ability.

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