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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...
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Glenn Beck: The New Abbie Hoffman?

Glenn Beck at CPAC 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore CC

Glenn Beck at CPAC 2010. Photo: Gage Skidmore CC

That’s what Michael Lind claims, in Salon.com:

Street theater. Communes. Manifestoes. Denunciations of “the system.” The counterculture is back. Only this time it’s on the right.

Political factions that are out of power have a choice. They can form a counter-establishment or a counterculture. A counter-establishment (a term that Sidney Blumenthal used to describe the neoconservatives in the 1970s) seeks to return to power by reassuring voters that it is sober and responsible. A counter-establishment publishes policy papers and holds conferences and its members endure their exile in think tanks and universities.

In contrast, a counterculture refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the rules of the game that it has lost. Instead of moving toward the center, the counterculture heads for the fringes. Like a cult, it creates its own parallel reality, seceding from a corrupt and wicked society into morally and politically pure enclaves.

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