30 years ago in reason


“So delicious was the taste of [Jim] Jones’s born-again Marxism to the upper crust that the congressional ‘fact-finding’ mission, commanded by the late Rep. Leo Ryan, was convinced that their tour revealed universal happiness. After checking every nook and cranny, Congressman Ryan concluded, ‘This is a beautiful place.’”

â€"Thomas Hazlett, “Pleading Jim Jones’ Case”

“Rather than coming to grips with the reasons for this country’s fall from grace, the government’s principal reaction has been saber rattling.”

â€"Robert Poole Jr., “On the Decline of U.S. Power”

“The trends of the times are simply the extended trends of the past. The so-called Imperial Presidency is not the triumph of an office at all. It is the triumph of a great corporate endeavor, of an American collectivism that has been foisting itself on us for generations.”

â€"Karl Hess, “Make Believe Presidents”

â€"July 1979

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

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