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Hate Man (born Mark Hawthorne, September 26, 1936 – April 2, 2017) was an American writer and philosopher. His beliefs centered on people being honest about their negative feelings.[2][3] He was locally famous in Berkeley, California, where he lived since 1973.[4][5]

Hate Man
Born Mark Hawthorne
(1936-09-26)September 26, 1936
Washington, D.C.
Died (aged 80)[1]
Berkeley, California



Hawthorne was from Stamford, Connecticut and graduated from Stamford High School in 1954 and from the University of Connecticut in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. While at UCONN he was Managing Editor of The Daily Campus, the University newspaper. Hawthorne was also a member of ROTC and received his commission in the United States Air Force upon graduation, subsequently serving at a Strategic Air Command base in Morocco. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer.[6] He started at The New York Times as a copy boy and worked as a reporter in the Metro section from 1961 to 1970 before he quit his job, divorced his wife, and "started being downward mobile".[7]


Hawthorne created a philosophy he called oppositionality, which is centered on treating people kindly even though one is in a bad mood. He created his own following. The group has a practice, initiated by Hawthorne, of pushing one another for what they want. Hawthorne indicated that this is about feeling out the other person's energy and communicating something to the other person about "where they are coming from". The idea is to avoid negative conflict by bringing such differences out in the open, rather than creating situations where people rob or con one another for what they want.[8] He used to initiate a nightly "hate camp" on Sproul Plaza, where local people released their animosity. "Hate camp" was known as the camp that formed around him. Camping there made you a "hate camper", with a "true hate camper" being someone who believed in the camp and took an active role in helping the community it created.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Hawthorne was married, but later divorced.[7] He was homeless.[9] He died on April 2, 2017, at the age of 80.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fagan, Kevin (April 3, 2017). "Berkeley’s homeless Hate Man dies at 80". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ Fagan, Kevin (April 11, 2010). "Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley streets". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. C–3. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Telegraph Avenue, a world apart. Berkeley street dirtier yet keeps a bit of old aura". San Jose Mercury News. Feb 3, 1991. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Mohit, A (April 11, 2010). "Strange Tale of a Former New York Times Reporter". Technorati. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Dan Rather & Harry Smith (February 28, 1997). "Mark Hawthorne, The Hate Man". CBS Evening News. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Kaufman, Michael T. (January 20, 1991). "About Men; Notes From Underground". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "Animosity is An Amorous Enterprise for Hate Campers". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "'Let's Push for It'". The Daily Californian. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ Tyska, Jane (1 July 2012). "Mark Hawthorne — aka Hate — has made People's Park his home forever". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 5 October 2013.