[Marxism] The Jonestown We Don’t Know | by Gaiutra Bahadur | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 24 07:49:50 MST 2018

More than a century later, Jones would claim to have seen in Guyana both 
natural abundance and an invitation to reimagine society. Before 
stamping the People’s Temple acres there with his own name, for years 
previously, during which the mission to grow subsistence crops in a 
self-sustaining socialist commune was an idea without a location, Jones 
had called it the Promised Land. He borrowed this name directly from the 
farm that his role model, Father Divine, the son of a slave, had 
established in upstate New York in the 1930s to feed his communes housed 
in hotels. Jones had sought out and cultivated Divine, a prominent, 
flamboyant, and unorthodox religious leader whose Peace Mission was 
celebrated by some as an idealistic social reform movement and denounced 
by others as an ascetic cult.


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