Smoking dope and hanging up Che’s picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps. A revolution in consciousness is an empty high without a revolution in the distribution of power. We are not interested in the greening of Amerika except for the grass that will cover its grave.
There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning. I think I’ve learned that lesson twice now. The essence of successful revolution, be it for an individual, a community of individuals, or a nation, depends on accepting that challenge.
Hep is a very dangerous disease that can cause a number of permanent conditions, including death, which is extremely permanent.
Random political acts produce random political results. Why waste even a rock?
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.
Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.
Action is the only reality; not only reality, but morality as well.
Maintain a sense of humor. People who take themselves too seriously are power-crazy. If they win it will be haircuts for all. Beware of power freaks.
I think we are constantly faced with the same decision. The decision to be blindly obedient to authority versus the decision to try and change things by fighting the powers that be is always, throughout history, the only decision.
Life-actors never rehearse and need no script. A life-actor uses whatever he has available, nothing more, nothing less.
It’s embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller’s List.
It is always the young that make the change. You don’t get these ideas when you’re middle-aged. Young people have daring, creativity, imagination and personal computers. Above all, what you have as young people that’s vitally needed to make social change, is impatience. You want it to happen now. There have to be enough people that say, ‘We want it now, in our lifetime.’ This is your moment. This is your opportunity. Be adventurists in the sense of being bold and daring. Be opportunists and seize this opportunity, this moment in history, to go out and save our country. It’s your turn now.
Wouldn’t you want to be indicted by the govenment for a high crime? It’s a great thrill. It’s an honor. It’s a compliment. It’s fun. I’m enjoying every minute of it!
Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.
Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.
The best way to educate oneself is to become part of the revolution.
When I appear in the Chicago courtroom, I want to be tried not because I support the NLF – which I do – but because I have long hair.
Smoking dope and hanging up Che’s picture is no more a commitment than drinking milk and collecting postage stamps.
Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburger.
If you don’t have sex and you don’t do drugs, your rock ‘n’ roll better be awfully good.
The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.
You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.
I think the greatest legacy of the 1960s was the general feeling that not only can you fight the powers that be, but you can win.
Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.
I just want to do what has to be done so much. I’ll never understand why everyone else doesn’t feel this way.
It’s too late. We can’t win, they’ve gotten too powerful.
The work that the kids saw around them was so odious, so boring, so worthless that they came to regard WORK as the only dirty four-letter word in the English language.
In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a minor. You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you’re selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick!
Once you get the right image the details aren’t that important.
Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.
The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.
Never impose your language on people you wish to reach.
A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station, not the factory. It concentrates its energy on infiltrating and changing the image system.
To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral.