Hate Man

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Hate Man (born Mark Hawthorne) is an American philosopher. His beliefs center on people being honest about their negative feelings.[1][2] He is locally famous in Berkeley, California, where he has lived since 1973.[3][4]


Hawthorne was an officer in the US Air Force and a Peace Corps volunteer.[5] 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 left, divorced his wife, and "started being downward mobile."[6]


Hawthorne created a philosophy he calls oppositionality which is centered around treating people kindly even though you are in a bad mood. He has created his own following, who refer to themselves as "hate campers". He has influenced people to live on the streets.[7] He initiated a nightly "hate camp" on Sproul Plaza where local people released their animosity.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hawthorne was married but is divorced.[6] He is homeless.[8]


  1. ^ Fagan, Kevin (April 11, 2010). "Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley streets". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. C–3. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ Mohit, A (April 11, 2010). "Strange Tale of a Former New York Times Reporter". Technorati. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dan Rather & Harry Smith (February 28, 1997). "Mark Hawthorne, The Hate Man". CBS Evening News. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kaufman, Michael T. (January 20, 1991). "About Men; Notes From Underground". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "Animosity is An Amorous Enterprise for Hate Campers". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "'Let's Push for It'". The Daily Californian. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Tyska, Jane (1 July 2012). "Mark Hawthorne -- aka Hate Man -- has made People's Park his home for 10 years". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 5 October 2013.