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The Youth International Party, whose members were commonly called Yippies, was a radically youth-oriented and countercultural revolutionary offshoot of the free speech and anti-war movements of the 1960s. It was founded on December 31, 1967.<ref>Paul Krassner, Confessions of a raving, unconfined nut: misadventures in the counter-culture, Page 156, Simon & Schuster, 1993</ref><ref>Neil A. Hamilton, The ABC-CLIO companion to the 1960s counterculture in America, Page 339, ABC-CLIO, 1997</ref> They employed theatrical gestures, such as advancing a pig ("Pigasus the Immortal") as a candidate for President in 1968, to mock the social status quo.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> They have been described as a highly theatrical, anti-authoritarian and anarchist<ref name="Abbie Hoffman page 128">Abbie Hoffman, Soon to be a Major Motion Picture, page 128. Perigee Books, 1980.</ref> youth movement of "symbolic politics".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Since they were well known for street theater and politically themed pranks, many of the "old school" political left either ignored or denounced them. According to ABC News, "The group was known for street theater pranks and was once referred to as the 'Groucho Marxists'."<ref>ABC News</ref>


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The Youth International Party, whose members were commonly called Yippies, was a radically youth-oriented and countercultural revolutionary offshoot of the free speech and anti-war movements of the 1960s. It was founded on December 31, 1967.<ref>Paul Krassner, Confessions of a raving, unconfined nut: misadventures in the counter-culture, Page 156, Simon & Schuster, 1993</ref><ref>Neil A. Hamilton, The ABC-CLIO companion to the 1960s counterculture in America, Page 339, ABC-CLIO, 1997</ref> They employed theatrical gestures, such as advancing a pig ("Pigasus the Immortal") as a candidate for President in 1968, to mock the social status quo.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> They have been described as a highly theatrical, anti-authoritarian and anarchist<ref name="Abbie Hoffman page 128">Abbie Hoffman, Soon to be a Major Motion Picture, page 128. Perigee Books, 1980.</ref> youth movement of "symbolic politics".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Since they were well known for street theater and politically themed pranks, many of the "old school" political left either ignored or denounced them. According to ABC News, "The group was known for street theater pranks and was once referred to as the 'Groucho Marxists'."<ref>ABC News</ref>


Youth International Party sections
Intro  Background  The New Nation concept  Culture and activism  Chicago '68  The Yippie movement  Writings   2000s   Yippie Museum/Caf\u00e9  See also  References  External links  

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