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Who Do I Think I Am?

Since the publication of “Beyond Counterculture: the Community of Mateel”, a book version of my doctoral dissertation, I have been approached eagerly by persons from outside the Land of Shum (what I now call the place I used to call Mateel) for more information. I know that some people since then actually moved to the Land of Shum because of my book, seeking to be a part of the cultural experiment I described. Others, residents of Shum, many of whom came long after the marijuana industry had distorted pretty much everything I described, have attacked me angrily for “providing information” to various agencies of the government. This, in spite of my great care in providing no specific information the government did not clearly already have.

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