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Term created by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin in the mid-1960s to refer to "members" of the Youth International Party (YIP!). The YIP! was dedicated to merging New Left activism and the hippie counterculture to create a revolution that would be both personal and political--as well as fun. Yippies tended to gather in large cities, particularly in Manhattan's Lower East Side, where Rubin and Hoffman both lived during the 1960s. Yippies rejected all -isms, including socialism and anarchism, in favor of the motto of "Do your own thing"--i.e., don't conform to a specific system of belief but rather be an individual. At the same time, collective action was at the root of Yippie activism, and Yippies participated in "be-ins" (normally associated with hippies) and other collective gatherings. And although the YIP! did not promote any one -ism (and, despite Hoffman and Rubin's involvement, was a self-proclaimed "leaderless" movement), the "party" was extremely leftist, advocating social justice for all and arguing that all property--including housing, clothing, and food--should be FREE. The Yippies' most famous actions include the attack on the New York Stock Exchange (when Yippies threw money to the floor and watched as those below fought for it) and their involvement at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, at which they nominated a pig for president. Much of the Yippies' activism consisted of guerrilla street theater and symbolic acts (such as that at the NYSE) to make a point; Yippies understood the power of the media and sought press to disseminate their revolutionary messages with a pointed disinterest in the accuracy of the stories told about them. Since the term is rooted in a particular historical moment, calling anyone a "Yippie" today would probably be inaccurate.
Abbie Hoffman's Revolution for the Hell of It! is an excellent source for more information on the Yippies.
by Betsy B October 20, 2006
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movement from the 60's and 70's. members of the Youth International Party.
Abbie Hoffman was a strong figure in the yippie movement
by Anonymous September 14, 2003
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A member of the Youth International Party. This party began as an antiwar movement during the Vietnam era, but then developed a sort of a libertarian socialist outlook, becoming focused during the 1970s and into the early 1980's on legalization of marijuana and other drugs and protesting against capitalism and corporations.
See that yippie wearing an 'eat the rich' button?
by sinister minister February 14, 2005
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The cross between a yuppie and a hippie. One who wears patchouli and talks on their iphone about the latest homemade granolna; One who wears dreadlocks and drives a range rover.
The hybrid of a yuppie and a hippie is a yippie.
by yuppie and hippie December 23, 2009
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An individual that pays taxes and takes too many showers to be a hippy but likes music festivals and recycling too much to be a yuppie. They are quite self-satisfied, hence they are often heard shouting "yippee!" but it could be either referencing a good tax return OR a great electronic music set.
"The only thing that makes burningman bearable is the fact that the darn yippies bring in so much money and counteract the body odor of the yuppies."
by guava c May 25, 2009
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The combination of a yuppy and a hippie. Someone who has upper class income but still has a hippy type lifestyle.
A wall street broker make millions and drives a Benz but still follows Wide Spread Panic on the weekend, takes Jerry Garcia's birthday off each year to mourn, and decorated their Soho loft with items swapped for on craigslist is a yippie.
by Docnolz May 11, 2008
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Anyone walking the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A cross between a yuppie and a hippie.
These fake bohemian types with their trust funds are nothing but yippies to me.
by Doosh Bahgg August 27, 2003
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