When You’re the Last Remaining Member of a Failed Utopia
How do individuals hold on to their ideals in such a time?
This is Failed Utopias, a new monthly column by Rachel Martin about the surviving members of intentional communities in Tennessee, and what they might tell us about American society.
Rachel Louise Martin is a writer and historian based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written for O Magazine, the Atlantic online, and CityLab, and she has PhD in women’s and gender history from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Read more at www.rachelmartinwrites.com or follow her on Twitter & Instagram: @ R_LMartin.
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The New York Times, Harper’s Weekly and The Spectator sent stringers to cover the experiment. The writer from Harper’s was so impressed, he speculated “that the coming year would witness a grand exodus of the middle classes of England.”
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The thing my mom told me to do—“Save twenty percent for yourself. Never give one hundred percent to anyone.”—was not selfish after all. Not when thinking about my own survival.
Unwritten social rules might as well not exist for me. The only reason I can read them at all is because I’ve forced myself to learn them.