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A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex" shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots during the anti-Vietnam and countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.A Truthdig exclusive from the soon-to-be-released documentary “Here Come the Videofreex" shows Hoffman discussing the trial in which he and seven other activists were accused of conspiracy and inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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Hoffman famously said, “You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.” This was in 1989, when he was just 52, the same year that he killed himself, making everyone wonder if freedom wasn’t really just another word for nothing left to lose. Hoffman famously said, “You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.”

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