By B. Slonecker

This booklet examines the underground Liberation information carrier and the commune Montague Farm to track the evolution of the hot Left after 1968. within the approach, it extends the chronological breadth of the lengthy Sixties, rethinks the connection among political and cultural radicalism, and explores the relationships among varied social routine.

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Whereas SDS and Young insisted on genuine participatory democracy, Yippies and Bloom believed that enlightened authorities could direct the Movement in a more compelling direction. Whereas LNS could operate with individuals who disagreed about political strategy, it 26 L I B E R AT I O N N E W S S E R V I C E , 1967–1968 could not survive an intractable leadership conflict that dictated how the organization would operate on a daily basis. The conflict between Bloom and Young reached a boil. And events across America ensured that the nation’s political culture would be unsettled long before August 1968, when Democrats and activists would arrive in Mayor Richard Daley’s Chicago.

Diamond became the crucial figure in a plot to transfer LNS’s printing equipment and subscription rolls to rural New England. Because Diamond had been a founder of the Harlem bureau, the New Yorkers assumed that he remained committed to the Claremont Avenue staff. 18 But Diamond had quietly allied himself with the Bloom cohort after the New York relocation. The perception that Diamond sat somewhere near the LNS fence made him the perfect inside man to plan the logistics of the split. Earlier that summer, Diamond had begun to plan an LNS benefit showing of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour in New York.

Mungo began to question LNS’s mission and to reevaluate the qualitative consequences of LNS expansion: “Our subscriptions were up to five hundred or more, but we all had to agree that the vast majority of underground papers were not worth reading—not merely because the printing and art were so bad, but more because the content was banal, illiterate, or jingoistic . . ”61 With so much news to track, LNS lost sight of its internal operation. Sustainability had been put on hold to keep up with the Movement’s breakneck pace.

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