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The Modern Utopian ❰Reading❯ ➺ The Modern Utopian Author Richard Fairfield – Back to the Land Urban communes Sustainable cooperatives Thirty years ago alternative communities swept the nation Today with sustainability peak oil and retirement concerns people of all ages are rev Back to the Land Urban communes Sustainable cooperatives Thirty years ago alternative communities swept the nation Today with sustainability peak oil and retirement concerns people of all ages are reviving and expanding notions of cooperative living as new communities form and thrive The Modern Utopian is the definitive exploration of the alternative communities that fascinated a nation and redefined progressive culture in the ‘s and ‘s documented by those who knew it and lived it This photo illustrated The Modern PDF/EPUB ² compilation of articles visits the fabled Drop City Morningstar Ranch Timothy Leary at Millbrook Detroit’s Translove Energies the still thriving Twin Oaks and Stephen Gaskin’s Farm and dozens of other across the nationAn afterword by author Timothy Miller Religious Movements in the United States reveals how several hundred intentional communities now span the USA and form every yearGlobal warming recession peak oil data smog by necessity and by choice thousands of people are once again being drawn toward collective living this time empowered by the successes and failures of the pastContributions include writings by Alan Watts Nick Tosches and The Underground Press Syndicate.

5 thoughts on “The Modern Utopian

  1. AJ AJ says:

    35 stars The Modern Utopian is a striking look into the past at the communal movement of the 1960s 1970s Although many including myself before I read this book think of communes as some sort of idyllic hippie experiment that people have completely grown out of I was amazed to read about their problems and also to see how entrenched in some terrible isms they wereThe first thing that struck me about the members of these communes is how stereotypically hippie they sound 40 years later Phrases like hey man chill out peace and love pretty much leak out from the pages Many of the people interviewed are literally naked unwashed long haired bead wearing pot smoking cats and chicks Here I was thinking my image of hippies based on Hollywood was totally incorrect I'm sure not all hippies were like that but damnBut really I was amazed to find out how problematic many of these communes and experiments in communal living were Entrenched within the era were attitudes of racism and sexism and ableism and ageism and homophobia and so on even amongst the so called enlightened who were able to transcend the norms of the capitalist culture at the time Women reared babies cooked meals and washed dishes and clothes and then men who were asked why? simply stated because the women do what they enjoy The 1970s saw the beginning of second wave feminism and indeed there is one single essay in this book written by a woman who tells about her times in communes as the horrifying degrading sexist experiences that they were Many group marriage communes were thinly disguised attempts at men getting as much sex as they liked and some basically condoned scheduled rape You got a new partner every night and had to have sex with them whether you wanted to or notI also found it somewhat problematic how individualized the communes were Although collective in nature communes sought to solve social ills on an individual personal level I guess if enough people dropped out en masse a critical mass of people opting out of straight society would cause a collapse but I don't see communal living in and of itself to be the solution to the problems of our society Although I do have to give hippies some credit for mainstreaming the ideas of the counter culture I think the newly found freedoms of opting out of the mainstream helped a lot of nascent movements at the time such as women's liberation and gay rightsAnother aspect of many of these communes is that of the messiah character a single guy yes always a guy who is revered and adored at the center of a commune or religious community It's amazing to read about all of the trust people would put in these gurusaviors especially having read about the Jonestown massacre and the dangerous things that one particularly charismatic person can do to his ardent followersIn all this book was a hugely fascinating glimpse into something I thought I knew about but apparently didn't Although some of the essays weren't as well written as others they are all I guess articles from the eponymous magazine published in the 60s and 70s the compilation did not leave me wanting except possibly to know what became of the baby who took acid through his mother's breast milk

  2. jen jen says:

    This compilation of first hand accounts of hippie communes of the 60's and 70's stands in stark contrast to the usual nostalgic portraits of this generation painted by the mainstream media and memoirs written years laterThese selections were taken from a publication published during that time period and grouped loosely by types such as political or religious The book could have been edited down to a few less articles About 34 of the way through I was starting to tire of hearing the same types of stories over and overSome of the main reasons why these communes did not work confirmed through multiple accounts here Living with a bunch of random people in a house usually doesn't work People don't like each other as much as they think they will and end up wanting private space Being welcome and opening to whoever wants to join a commune leads to a house full of people who just want to sit around and not do any work Open relationships marriages don't work for most people Despite claims of being radically different traditional gender roles seemed to prevail particularly in regards to workdivision of laborOut of curiosity I looked up the name of the son of the founders of one of the open land communes who turned over legal title to the land to God and who apparently conceived the child while on acid etc etc The son is now an attorney in NYC Enough said

  3. Amy Yam Amy Yam says:

    First of all this book was not what I thought it was which was a collection of CURRENT essays about the alternative communities of the '60s and '70s No if I were properly informed I would have noted that the title was the same as the title of an alternative newspaper that existed back in those days and that this book is simply a collection of essays from said paper This is crucial it means 1 this material is primary source material and 2 it contains no current input about said materialThis is all fine just not what I'd expectedThat said it is a fun collection It is difficult for me however as a reader living in 2014 to put myself into the mindsets of the folks who were living this life Ultimately it reveals a lot of topical and stunningly picayune suabbles which sadly were much the reason that so many communes and intentional communities collapsed Definitely worth reading if not cover to cover at least to sample

  4. Elizabeth Lund Elizabeth Lund says:

    I found the format hard to read articles often without dates and with little contextual material Also I'm not super interested in experiments that lasted only a few months which many of these communes were and even for those that lasted they were being interviewed when the communes were new

  5. Tom Thor Buchanan Tom Thor Buchanan says:

    This was pretty interesting Because of it's nature also pretty repetitive My favourite was this one written by a woman basically calling all the guys from her commune out for being macho assholes She's like this one guy thought he was a great fuck but he wasn't just in case he's reading this I hope that lady's gone on to great success

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