By B. Slonecker
This e-book examines the underground Liberation information provider and the commune Montague Farm to track the evolution of the recent Left after 1968. within the strategy, it extends the chronological breadth of the lengthy Sixties, rethinks the connection among political and cultural radicalism, and explores the relationships among diversified social hobbies.
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49 It was a tenuous alliance. There is some evidence that sexuality deepened the tension between Bloom and Young. Although Bloom, Mungo, and Young were all gay or bisexual, for the moment all three remained in the closet. Sexual 24 L I B E R AT I O N N E W S S E R V I C E , 1967–1968 tensions soon surfaced. “The basic difﬁculty with Allen included sex,” Bloom wrote in an undated note to himself. ”50 Bloom expressed few private qualms about his bisexuality. But the prospect of being outted always frightened him.
I didn’t think that the atmosphere was permissive. ”51 Bloom was among those that Young approached. But Bloom grew frustrated by Young reducing him to a simple queer. More than a year before the Stonewall Inn riots launched the gay liberation movement, homosexuality remained a Movement taboo. Even the gentlest overtures from another gay man were enough to unsettle Bloom, whose sexual identity remained a source of anomie. It is difﬁcult to gauge how that shared sexual repression impacted LNS. 53 That conﬂict would soon shape life at LNS.
37 Two other important LNS staffers expressed similar views later that year. ”38 LNSers embodied what media critic Michael L. ”39 Those parameters characterized LNS’s entire network. By early 1968, many underground newspapers that had begun as rag-tag local outlets or psychedelic hippie media had completed their transformations into counterinstitutions with national agendas and radical New Left politics. ”40 That decentralized evolution and expansion signaled the emergence of a potent force in American youth culture and activism.
A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties by B. Slonecker