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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 8, Virtual item 29, Q184- News and Commentary

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_08.29


  • Digitized: August 6, 1978


Summary Note

This tape consists of two news broadcasts read by Jim Jones, with the first section being recorded over an earlier reading. Both sections were recorded in Jonestown, both in 1978. In Part 1, Jones begins by providing an analysis of a Wall Street Journal column by Irving Kristol in which the conservative commentator praises the recently-passed Proposition 13 in California. While the analysis might be unique to Jones, it is more likely that he has picked it up from another source, especially since he seems to supply additional commentary as he reads what is before him. The analysis rails against both Kristol and the newspaper, and concludes with faint praise for the paper – “May it publish for as long as monopoly capital rules” – after which Jones offers an element of his own worldview: “at least until nuclear war comes and destroys most of the working class.” Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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