"The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."
Abbie Hoffman
(1936-1989) American political and social activist, anarchist, and revolutionary who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies")
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 -- a, america      
This quote dishonors you, the idea behind this website, and the concept of Liberty won by men and women of honor.
 -- DougMcr8, Springfield, VA     
    Revolutionary is not a bad word. One man's revolutionary is another man's traitor. Americans were born of revolution
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    "Accordingly, all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they become accustomed but when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security."---Declaration of Independence. Memorize those words, I did! Don't think that I am a conservative, I am an abolitionist. Did Jefferson suggest that we should conserve tyranny or abolish it? See above.
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
    The limited republic has been overthown and replaced with an unlimited democracy. The Bill of rights has been replaced by banksters, lawyers and journalists with Marx's Communist Manifesto. The dollar's definition was permanently fixed as a measure of silver. That could be changed only by amendment to the Constitution or by revolution. There is no such amendment. We've had a revolution AND YOU MISSED IT! See those 10 planks here: www.morpix.biz/x15
     -- Dave, St. Louis     
    A revolution is only successful if it is gotten away wtih. In other words the revolutionary idea, movement, turn of events, change in leadership holds sway. A revolution that fizzles out ain't much good for nothin'. and in the end was no revoulution worth its salt to begin with. Cf. to the late unpleasant Bolshevik affair.
     -- Bruce, 'Bama     
    Dave can you cite where in the Constitution the dollar was fixed to silver?
     -- Bruce, 'Bama     
    The definition of a 'dollar' has historically been a little less than one troy ounce of pure silver or one troy ounce of standard silver (371 4/16 grain (24.1 g) pure or 416 grain (27.0 g) standard silver). An American silver dollar is clearly defined and its value fixed against gold and copper in the Coinage Act of 1792. History has shown however that by fixing the value between gold and silver instead of letting it float freely in value against each other caused periodic shortages of either metal when the market value of one was more than its fixed value of the other.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Anonymous      
    Dave said it can only be changed by Amending the Constitution. That would appear to say that it is somewhere in the Constitution. My understanding is that there were numerous currencies or bank notes used throughout the country for decades. So each bank note had its own vaulation. Until corrected I will stick to my understanding that it is not in the constitution.
     -- Bruce, 'Bama     
    Fun quote from a brain fried on non stop drug use. Loved his books. Too bad he didn't use his incredible IQ for something more useful. Good example of what the sixties revolution was all about. Destruction of ones self and all social decency. I kind of miss it all though. At least we didn't know what we were doing. Can't say that any more.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Hey you guys Abbie Hoffman was a total spaced out freak. He never said anything serious in his life. Nothing he ever said could be taken to mean anything. He was rarely coherent, but always entertaining.
     -- warren, olathe     
    A quote from Abbie Hoffman is equivalent to a quote from Groucho Marks.
     -- warren, olathe     
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