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“A typical liberal may recognize contributor names on the cover like the Yes Men and Billionaires for Bush, but the guts of the book also nod to IWW, Earth First! and Otpor.”

Cole Wardell

Diggers (new)

Named for a group of seventeenth-century English agrarian communists, the Diggers were a San Francisco-based anarchist guerrilla action group active in the mid to late 1960s. Opposed to private property and market exchanges, the Diggers promoted a Free City through artistic direct actions and street theater, as well as by opening free clinics, providing free housing, distributing free food and opening free stores. Their media-savvy street happenings helped to publicize the hippie counterculture. For instance, a 1967 parade called “The Death of Hippie” involved carrying a coffin with the words “Hippie—Son of Media,” thereby forcing the news media to communicate the Diggers’ message that “hippie” was a media fabrication.


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