Today marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre involving Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.
It’s from this horrible incident that we get the metaphor of “drinking the Kool-Aid,” because, of course, more than 900 people died from drinking a poisoned beverage at Jonestown.
Little-known fact: It was probably “Flavor-Aid,” not “Kool-Aid.”
Another little-known fact: Jim Jones was very well connected, politically — overwhelmingly to prominent Democrats. Just for the record.