1001 Ways to Beat the Draft

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1001 Ways to Beat the Draft is a satirical Vietnam War protest pamphlet written in 1966 by Robert Bashlow and Tuli Kupferberg. It was also published in book format.

The text reels through dozens of ways that young men facing conscription during the Vietnam War could avoid service. Kupferberg leaves no societal more unscathed in this anti-war pamphlet, which is considered one of the most notable antiwar publications.[1] Donald L. Simons, in his autobiography I Refuse: Memories of a Vietnam War Objector, wrote "It is not possible to determine how many men successfully fooled the system, but stories of attempts, and how to do it, became part of the Sixties culture. The most famous examples were Arlo Guthrie's classic folk song, "Alice's Restaurant", and the book, 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft.[2]

The pamphlet was published originally by Oliver Layton Press, New York; Kupferberg also printed it under his publishing label, Birth Press, and an illustrated version from Grove Press came out in 1967.[3] Kupferberg published other humorous lists in the same format, including 1001 Ways to Live Without Working and 1001 Ways to Make Love.

An excerpt was included in Viking Press' Portable Beat Reader[4]


  1. Grope J. Edgar Hoover in the silent halls of Congress.
  2. Get thee to a nunnery.
  3. Fly to the moon and refuse to come home.
  4. Die.
  5. Become Secretary of Defense.
  6. Become Secretary of State.
  7. Become Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
  8. Show a li'l tit.
  9. Castrate yourself.
  10. Staple your eyelids shut.
  11. Move to Canada.
  12. Fake mental retardation.
  13. Fake a medical condition
  14. Fake a severe medical condition
  15. Dig a hole and hide...

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  1. ^ Charters, Ann. "Robert Bly". The Portable Sixties Reader Ed. Charters, Ann. Penguin Classics (2002)
  2. ^ Donald L. Simons (1992). I Refuse: Memories of a Vietnam War Objector. Broken Rifle Press. 
  3. ^ D. A. Levy, The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle: The Art and Poetry of D.a.Levy. Seven Stories Press (1999)
  4. ^ Editor Ann Charters, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and acclaimed Beat researcher, included an excerpt of Kupferberg's 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft for the Viking Press Portable Beat Reader (1992)