[Abbie Hoffman raw #2]

This tape features the second part of an interview with activist Abbie Hoffman at the Chicago Amphitheater on the 20th anniversary of 1968 Democratic National Convention. In the tape, Hoffman briefly talks about his book "Steal This Urine Test." Timecode onscreen.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with Hoffman talking about his new book “Steal This Urine Test.” He then continues to talk about the flawed use of drug testing and television’s effect on the masses. He cites drug testing as “the most serious privacy invasion of our time.” Hoffman also states that the skill of reading is disappearing among the population.

01:59Copy video clip URL When asked about confusion in society, Hoffman begins to list the many problems he has been blamed for in America. “I’m blamed for the election of Nixon, the rise of conservatism, AIDS, the single most serious threat to our national security since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and crack terrorists holding New York City hostage.” Hoffman then jokes and says, “Now all of that is true see, but it’s just a small part of my work.” He then goes on to make a few comments about the philosophy behind his work. “It was designed to be anti-academic. It was designed to be anti-intellectual.”

03:54Copy video clip URL When prodded by the interviewer to analyze the various issues brought up during the interview, Hoffman responds by saying, “Analysis leads to paralysis.” He then continues to talk about youth and their interest in the ’60s. He goes on to talk about his schedule for the next few days. The tape ends shortly afterward.

05:55Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

1 Comment

  1. Len Benhear says:

    anarchist. radical. a social conscience “trying to find a way to make a difference.”
    NONE of it works without being anchored to THE REALITY OF A GOD WHO IS THE MORAL CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.
    anarchy is a move toward chaos.
    chaos brings all kinds of problems with it almost automatically.

    I think this interview took place about one year before Abbie either
    1) committed suicide.
    or
    2) was murdered by those who really wanted him silenced.
    ONLY GOD KNOWS.

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