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The Youth International Party (whose adherents were known as Yippies, a variant on "Hippies" that is also used to designate the surviving circles of activists who came out of the now-defunct YIP) was a highly theatrical political party established in the United States in 1966. An offshoot of the free speech and anti-war movements of the 1960s, the Yippies presented a more radically youth-oriented and countercultural alternative to those movements. 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.

Since they were better known for street theatre and politically-themed pranks, many of the "old school" political left either ignored or denounced them. One Communist newspaper in the USA derisively referred to them as "Groucho Marxists".

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