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Youth International Party

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The Youth International Party, whose members were commonly called Yippies, was a radically youth-oriented and countercultural offshoot of the free speech and anti-war movements of the 1960s. Many of the traditional political left ignored them. They were known for street theater and politically-themed pranks, and were referred to as the "Groucho Marxists."

Founded in 1968 by Abbie Hoffman, Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Nancy Kurshan, and Paul Krassner, they supported a pig (Pigasus) as a candidate for President in 1968.

Their "New Nation" concept called for alternative, counterculture institutions, including food co-ops, underground newspapers, and free clinics.

At Woodstock, Abbie Hoffman attempted to make a speech prior to a performance by The Who. Guitarist Pete Townshend used his guitar to bat Hoffman off the stage.

Activists associated with the group included Stew Albert, Ed Rosenthal, Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, and William Kunstler.


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