“The Youth International Party, whose members were commonly called Yippies, was a highly theatrical and anti-authoritarian political party established in the United States in 1967. 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.They have been described as a highly theatrical youth movement of “symbolic politics.”
Yippie Flag: was frequently seen at anti-war demonstrations.
The term Yippie was thought up by one of the fouders Paul Krassner : “We needed a name to signify the radicalization of hippies, and I came up with Yippie as a label for a phenomenon that already existed”
The Yippie “New Nation” concept called for the creation of alternative, counterculture institutions (food co-ops, underground newspapers, free clinics, etc.). Yippies believed these cooperative institutions and a radicalized hippie culture would spread until they supplanted the existing system.