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What do you know? Originally, published in a somewhat serialized form in the World Tribune Journal’s Sunday Magazine in January and February 1967, the book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe was published by both Farrar and the Literary Guild in 1968. The first Bantam edition appeared in October 1969 (our copy above), with a cover photograph by Bill Cadge is from the 23rd printing through December 1981. How many different covers were there? Is the book still in print? How many Government leaders and their faithful followers have read this book? How many of them have tried the spiked Kool-Aid?
I remember hearing a speech from one of our leaders who claimed he did not inhale. Really? Another one writes he did something else. Can we expect a “coming out” soon elsewhere? No, I profess I do not know the answers to any of these questions here.
I would merely define Wolfe’s book as a reverie of a certain culture of the sort professed by people described in the book, The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin shown below.A little further “conservative research” in other books attributes the drug use laden counter culture in the latter half of the Twentieth Century to a well oiled Soviet Propaganda effort to undermine Western democracies, perhaps with the help of some less suspicious rogue elements in United States Government agencies.
There are, of course, enough of those books describing these sort of activities out there. Interesting is the connection to Harvard University. A lot of what comes out of that place seems bent on undermining traditional societal values like religion, and family these days. Can you think of any “academics” or “leaders” who are doing exactly that now?