Chicago Seven, photographed by Richard Avedon
Chicago Seven is one of the most prolific activist groups known for their radical anti-war movements and attempting to employ a counterculture revolution. Originally the Chicago Eight, this group was tried in court for inciting to riot and other protest related charges during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The greatest agitator of them all, Abbie Hoffman (third from left) has some of the best nihilistic and satirical quotes fed to authority figures and other “important” people.
Top 10 reasons why Abbie Hoffman is one heroic badass:
1. In grade school, referred to teachers by their first names.
2. Started Liberty House, a store where products were made by a co-op of poor people in Mississippi and proceeds went to the Civil Rights Movement.
3. Threw fistfuls of fake and real dollars in the pit of the trading floor at New York Stock Exchange; many people were scrambling to grab the money. Metaphorically speaking, “it’s what they were already doing.”
4. Quote: Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.
5. Quote: I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
6. fellow defendant Jerry Rubin and he appeared in court dressed in judicial robes. Another day, was sworn in as a witness giving the middle finger.
7. during Woodstock 1969, interrupted The Who’s performance to attempt to speak about the jailing of John Sinclair from White Panther Party.
8. in 1971 wrote a book called Steal This Book on how to live for free. When readers took his advice bookstores refused to carry the book.
9. Quote: You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a CIA that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.
10. the FBI holds a 13,262 page file on Hoffman; one of the few 1960s radicals to command heightened attention by mass media during his death in 1989.
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