Steal This Book! (hippy civil disobedience)

Abbie Hoffman: What we needed was a revolution!

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. Abbie Hoffman, Tikkun Magazine (July-August 1989)

Written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970, “Steal This Book!” written in the spirit of overthrowing the system or at least the apathy, has chapters on how to get by with little money, making weapons of self defence, how to get a free buffalo, underground media, guerrilla broadcasting, demonstrations, first aid for street fighters and establlishing an underground identity.

Steal This Book is, in a way, a manual of survival in the prison that is Amerika. It preaches jailbreak. It shows you where exactly how to place the dynamite that will destroy the walls. The first section-SURVIVE!-lays out a potential action program for our new Nation. The chapter headings spell out the demands for a free society. A community where the technology produces goods and services for whoever needs them, come who may. It calls on the Robin Hoods of Santa Barbara Forest to steal from the robber barons who own the castles of capitalism. It implies that the reader already is “ideologically set,” in that he understands corporate feudalism as the only robbery worthy of being called “crime,” for it is committed against the people as a whole. Whether the ways it describes to rip-off shit are legal or illegal is irrelevant. The dictionary of law is written by the bosses of order. Our moral dictionary says no heisting from each other. 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.
ABBIE HOFFMAN – Steal This Book


For more, the entire book can be found here – http://tenant.net/Community/steal/steal.html – read, learn, improvise, being inspired to over throw the complacency and apathy in Western Society.


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