What Would Abbie Hoffman Do To Stop The Koch Brothers?

Robert Greenwald is something of an expert on Abbie Hoffman, having directed Steal This Movie!. He’s also behind the Koch Brothers Exposed campaign.

Robert answers his own question at Huffington Post:

He levitated the Pentagon, brought down Lyndon B. Johnson, shamed Richard Nixon, challenged Wall Street and pioneered a cultural revolution.

Sometimes I still hear his Brooklyn meets Boston accent when I think about Abbie Hoffman, his family or his legacy. I directed Steal This Movie to capture what I consider to be Abbie’s greatest gift: using satire and culture to impact and inspire people to take action. Steal This Movie was the last narrative film I did, and Abbie inspires me to this day.

Abbie died 22 years ago this month and that’s got me thinking about what he would do to stop the Koch brothers.

Tell me at my Koch Brothers Exposed campaign Facebook page.

Remember when he nominated a pig for president at the 1968 Democratic National Convention? Whether it was the Vietnam War, income inequality or environmental causes, Abbie always struck the right note.

That’s how I first heard his name. His action on Wall Street — where he literally threw cash down to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange — merged intrigue and interest with activism in a way no one had even conceived of. He believed in never making it boring, which is advice I’ve followed as a young New Yorker picketing and protesting lunch counter segregation at the Harlem Woolworth’s, and later as a director and political activist.

But behind the strategic humor and laughs was a serious and lifelong conversation about the haves and have-nots. Abbie would be disgusted at how much money there is in politics today. I know he’d have a few zingers aimed squarely at the big corporations that have demonstrated they own what Abbie would refer to as “the whole pickle.”

That’s why I know Abbie would take on the Kochs full throttle. More than anyone else today, the Kochs have a thirst for unchecked power, and that’s a trait Abbie detested…

[continues at at Huffington Post]

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  • Elmyr23

    If your trying to get people to speak freely don’t use facebook.

  • Elmyr23

    If your trying to get people to speak freely don’t use facebook.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty obvious. He would haunt the Koch(head) brothers every step. So many where they turned they would be mocked for the narcissistic self serving freaks they truly are. A campaign to ensure the Koch(head) brothers had not one moments peace, that they were persecuted just as the Koch(head) family persecute the middle class.

  • rtb61

    Pretty obvious. He would haunt the Koch(head) brothers every step. So many where they turned they would be mocked for the narcissistic self serving freaks they truly are. A campaign to ensure the Koch(head) brothers had not one moments peace, that they were persecuted just as the Koch(head) family persecute the middle class.