By B. Slonecker
This publication examines the underground Liberation information provider and the commune Montague Farm to track the evolution of the hot Left after 1968. within the method, it extends the chronological breadth of the lengthy Sixties, rethinks the connection among political and cultural radicalism, and explores the relationships among diversified social events.
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Bloom even faced barbs about his sexuality. ”12 Those attacks devastated Bloom, who remained in the closet. They also reveal how taboo homosexuality remained in a Movement so carefully attuned to the repression of other minorities. Homophobia did not drive the split. But Bloom’s polarizing personality led some New Yorkers to resort to ugly personal attacks rather than to highlight their practical concerns. The likely presence of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in those July meetings may have contributed to the internal tension.
The symbols began ﬂying again,” Wasserman remembered. “Country/city, freak/militant, you did this/you did that, honorable/thief, bourgeois/revolutionary. ”21 * * * Staffers at the San Francisco Express Times—or any of the dozens of rags that had come to rely on LNS copy to ﬁll its pages—would not yet have been privy to all those details. But the editors eagerly awaited the arrival of each packet. 22 Had they been reading the packets carefully enough, they would have accumulated troubling clues about the cracks that formed at LNS during the spring and summer of 1968.
This is a debased conception of politics: we had hoped we were all moving away from it together. 29 The Express Times waited. Two weeks later, a bombshell arrived in San Francisco: an LNS packet from a farm in Montague, Massachusetts. The packet contained a short piece by Mungo outlining why LNS had moved to the country and a lengthy article outlining how the organization carried out the heist. The story sounded like a new take on a familiar Movement riff: ideological dispute begets factionalization begets formal division.
A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties by B. Slonecker