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Hoffman, Rubin Stage ‘Yuppie vs. Yippie’ Debate

February 2, 1985

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Sixties protest leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin are together again, but this time they’re confronting each other in a nationwide series of ″Yuppie vs. Yippie″ debates.

In an appearance Friday at Washburn University, Rubin said he considers himself a ″Yuppie,″ short for young urban professional, while Hoffman said he has remained true to his ″Yippie″ philosophy of activism and social dissent.

″We are living in a transformation from industrial to an informational society,″ Rubin said. ″We are in an entrepreneurial transformation. Business is changing, and that gives people the chance to be successful.″

Although Rubin said he remains proud of his past, he contended that the best way to change society is through capitalism rather than radicalism.

Hoffman countered that Yuppies are living in a materialistic society of ″designer brains,″ where people ignore deep-rooted problems such as war, poverty and pollution. Society needs to strike a balance between the needs of the individual and the entire community, he said.

Both men denied sugggestions that their nationwide tour is a calculated attempt to make money, saying the debates are designed to stimulate discussion among people with different political beliefs.