Bernie Sanders Once Kicked Out Of A Hippie Commune For Not Working

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Sen. Bernie Sanders was once so work-shy, he got kicked out of a hippie commune in 1971 for avoiding duties and distracting residents.

So says the forthcoming book “We Are As Gods” by Kate Daloz, which documents the story of the Myrtle Hill Farm commune in northeast Vermont.

The Vermont senator and presidential candidate visited the farm in 1971 for research purposes. The 30-year old Sanders was writing an article on natural childbirth that appeared in a newsletter for the Liberty Party Union’s magazine Movement.

“Endless political discussion,” and a distaste for work allegedly resulted in Sanders being asked to leave the commune, according to a report from The Washington Free Beacon.

“Daloz writes that one resident, Craig, ‘resented feeling like he had to pull others out of Bernie’s orbit if any work was going to get accomplished that day,'” reports The Washington Free Beacon.

Deloz, who lived near the commune, recalls the eccentric aspects of Myrtle Hill commune life. “Many elements of Western medicine came under suspicion during this period, but none more so than modern obstetrics,” Deloz writes.

According to the Free Beacon, the commune was brimming with ideas on kibbutz-style schools and violent revolution. There appears to be no exact record of what Sanders discussed while staying at Myrtle Hill. (RELATED: This Chart Shows What Your Paycheck Will Look Like Under Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan)

Sanders has been closing in on rival Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showing the self-described socialist just two percentage points behind his opponent at 48 percent.

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