WILD WILD COUNTRY.

Author:Doherty, Brian
Position::TV - Television program review - Brief article
 
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The Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country tells an amazing story: how followers of an Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, managed by his ruthless consigliere, Ma Anand Sheela, tried in the early 1980s to forge a fully independent polity for themselves in a thinly populated part of central Oregon.

Religious and political minorities, including libertarians, have long fantasized about gathering in one place to run their communities by their own rules. In theory, the powers for forming city governments via "home rule" allow for a great deal of leeway (at least in certain states, including Oregon).

Libertarians contemplating the rise and fall of Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, might be envious at how religious passion can mobilize dedicated activists, or at least how millions of dollars collected from religious fervor can bus in the homeless from around the country to try to win over an entire county via...

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