Communal Living

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Revival of the Communitarian Ideal

The communal living movement, which spawned scores of little utopias from Maine to California during the 19th century, is having a curious revival in the troubled late 1960s. Even more remarkable are indications that certain aspects of the communal living idea may be taking root at last in American society.

Communal living can take a number of forms, but one principle is basic: the individual works solely for the good of the group and all share alike in the proceeds of one another's work. Paradoxically, dedication to the common good is expected to be a boon to the individual. Not only is he to be assured the necessities of life from cradle to grave but, freed from the pressures of a ...

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