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The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The United States has been a laboratory for experiments in alternative living since its founding. As so-called intentional communities proliferate across the country, a subset of Americans is discovering the value of opting out of contemporary society.

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