Going Up the Country

The New Left and the “back-to-the-land” movement.

The founders of Total Loss Farm: Sitting, from left: Michelle Clarke, Ray Mungo, and Peter Simon. Standing, from left: Richard Wizansky, Marty Jezer, Verandah Porche, and Laurie Miller. (Photo by Peter Simon)

When Ray Mungo deserted Cambridge for a commune, he absconded with the Liberation News Service’s (LNS) entire printshop. A radical wire service, conceived as the New Left’s answer to the Associated Press, the LNS had been mired in sectarian bickering since Mungo co-founded the organization in 1967 as a Boston University undergrad. By the next […]

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