Paul Krassner an American author, journalist, comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the freethought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. Krassner became a key figure in the counterculture in the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and a founding member of the Yippies. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll, and those were all fun. But at the core of the counterculture was a spiritual revolution, in a sense of leaving the western religions of control, and exploring the eastern disciplines of liberation. There was meditation. There were workshops in advanced breathing. The counterculture represented a certain economic threat, because here were several people sharing a car, or not getting insurance, but taking care of each other, making their own clothes, using less electricity, making candles. The Justice Department was trying to infiltrate communes. I spoke to a friend of an ex FBI guy who said they had the FBI hippie squad. And they had to learn how to roll joints, the better to infiltrate with."