Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jim Jones and Jonestown

Daniel J. Flynn reviews a book that offers on the one hand a "rebuff of the temptation to label a Bible stomper a Bible thumper" but on the other "rehabilitation of the disgraced church centers on the secular faith, rather than any supernatural one, of its congregants" — The Original Kool-Aid Drinkers.

While the book's author "marvels at the paradox of noble ideas unleashing ignoble deeds," the reviewer remind us that "in the aftermath of the Lenin/Stalin/Hitler/Mao-century, socialism manifesting as horror show isn’t ironic. It’s clichéd."

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