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Abbie Hoffman

Datum narození: 30. listopad 1936
Datum úmrtí: 12. duben 1989

Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman byl americký politický aktivista, významná postava kontrakultury a politického dění v USA 60. let 20. století.

Vystudoval psychologii na Brandeisově univerzitě a poté i na Kalifornské univerzitě v Berkeley. V 60. letech se začal angažovat v hnutí za lidská práva, jemuž dal však brzy zvláštní, radikální a kontroverzní podobu. Byl zakladatelem a hlavním představitelem Youth International Party, jejíž členové byli známí jako Yippies. K jejich strategii patřilo i využití absurdního humoru a uměleckých performancí v politickém aktivismu – takto například nominovali na amerického prezidenta prase, jehož nazývali Pigasus.

Hoffman patřil k hlavním organizátorům hnutí proti válce ve Vietnamu i protiválečného pochodu v Chicagu , který vyvrcholil střetem s policií a Národní gardou. Osm organizátorů akce, včetně Hoffmana , bylo zatčeno a odsouzeno k pěti letům vězení .

Hoffman na sebe upozornil i na slavném festivalu Woodstock roku 1969, když při vystoupení skupiny The Who vběhl na pódium a začal žádat svobodu pro uvězněného aktivistu White Panther Party Johna Sinclaira. Kytarista The Who Pete Townshend ho však svou kytarou srazil z pódia.

Roku 1973 byl zatčen pro prodej kokainu. Poté se začal skrývat, podstoupil plastickou operaci a vystupoval pod falešnou identitou jako Barry Freed. Pod novou identitou se i veřejně angažoval, jako ochránce životního prostředí.

Roku 1980 mu byla diagnostikována maniodepresivní porucha. V roce 1989 spáchal sebevraždu za pomoci 150 tablet fenobarbitalu.

Hoffman se stal významným symbolem radikalismu 60. let, ve filmu Forrest Gump je to právě on, kdo uvádí protiválečný protest u Lincolnova památníku. Byly o něm natočeny též filmy Steal This Movie! , Chicago 10 , The Chicago 8 . Pojednává o něm rovněž divadelní hra Berna Cohena Abbie. Sám Hoffman si zahrál cameo roli ve filmu Olivera Stonea Narozen 4. července.

Citáty Abbie Hoffman

„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).
Kontext: 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!

„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).
Kontext: All you kiddies remember to lay off the needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon.

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

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

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

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

„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).
Kontext: 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!

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

—  Abbie Hoffman

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

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

—  Abbie Hoffman, Revolution for the Hell of It

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

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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

p. 297.
Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980)
Kontext: 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

p. 297.
Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980)
Kontext: 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, kniha 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.
Zdroj: Steal This Book
Kontext: 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, kniha Steal This Book

Introduction, p. v.
Zdroj: Steal This Book (1971)
Kontext: 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.

„I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.“

—  Abbie Hoffman

Cited as being in Soon to be a Major Motion Picture (1980) p. 222, this does not appear accessible for verification in online scans of this book. So someone needs to go to the library.
Disputed

„If this guy is God, then this is the God that the United States of America deserves.“

—  Abbie Hoffman

Comment about Maharaji Ji - video http://www.gurumaharaji.info/video/lord_of_the_universe/abbie_hoffman_to_end.wmv (1973).

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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