The Revolutionary Suicide of Jonestown
An American religious organization under the leadership of Jim Jones, in northwestern Guyana.
A total of 909 Americans died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed “revolutionary suicide”.
“We committed revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.” With these words Jim Jones and more than 900 of his followers died in Guyana on November 18, 1978. Despite his rhetoric, the world does not remember Jim Jones and the demise of Jonestown as the noble and courageous act of a group of idealists committed to social justice in an unjust world. In fact, just the opposite is true. Jones is remembered as a power-obsessed maniac who, knowing his game was up, took everyone he could with him in a final act of grandiose and pointless insanity.