• Abbie Hoffman in rabble-rousing mode

While writing a preview of the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival, I stumbled across an interview taken with Hoffman himself in 1969. The Yippie rabble-rouser was sitting in jail at the time, awaiting trial for conspiracy to foment a riot at the 1968 National Democratic Convention in Chicago. The interviewer was a 16-year-old high school student named Tom LaPorte, working for a youth radio program.

They talked mostly about revolution, the trial, and Black Panther Party chairman Bobby Seale. (Originally a codefendant with Hoffman and six other peace activists, known collectively as the Conspiracy Eight, Seale had resisted the court so mightily that the judge ordered him gagged and gave him a separate trial.) When LaPorte asked Hoffman what kind of government he wanted, Hoffman flipped the question back on the kid: