ABBIE HOFFMAN, Yippie
Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial
September 25, 1969
Living in America I expect to get killed. I mean,...I've been active for a long time. I've seen Mississippi and I've seen the rest of the country turn into Mississippi. So going to jail or dying or any of those things...I don't know...what's the difference? Both times you're like- you're removed from, uh...the streets. From what you feel you have to do.... Dying is...I don't know. It makes a better movie but...what's the difference?
Physical injury I've grown up with all my life, ever since...I was a juvenile delinquent...football player. Death or the fact that you might die at what you're doing is something that...that I can face in my mind and deal with and...overcome. I've overcome my fear of death. I've not overcome my fear of jail.
I'm very much into survival. Survival is what I'm best at. I'm a pool player and pool players, pool hustlers, they know how to survive. I live on the Lower East Side, which is a jungle. I live on one of the most vicious blocks in the country. I have a plant that's been mugged.
Survival is where it's at. Survival and fightin'. 'Cause I think we are at war. I'm not against the war in Vietnam. I'm for the National Liberation Front winning. So I'm...I'm not for peace there. Peace is a very complicated concept. When the lion gobbles up the lamb and wipes his lips, then there's peace. Well, I...I ain't for that peace at all.