Rebel Stories

Kathryn Hoffman

Anthro-politico with 25 years in the federal bureaucracy.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

1. Breaking the book. This means revising how the CIA presents its ideas to the President.

2. Redrawing the US map for Palestine, by moving its work on Gaza from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

I’m not a rebel. I just do what I do because I think it matters. The status of the organization and its relationship to me bores me.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

No one will ever like you as you are – people like comfort, and you always make people uncomfortable. So, just figure out how to get what you want from people who will not like you no matter what.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Curly hair.

What’s your favorite question?

Why not?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

It’s a look – kinda stunned, kinda rueful – that people get on their faces.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

Rebels have different responses to the usual rewards and punishments.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?


What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?


Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Where they can do what they believe in.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Castro. Not for his politics, but for his confidence.

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

That’s the way we’ve always done it.

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