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  • "Sisters Nadine Mundo (far left) and Rena Mundo Croshere (right) were born on The Farm"

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    Faaaarm livin' is the life for me!
  • Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?
  • I seem to remember from 8th Grade History class that most of these communes and "Hippy Communities" failed because they didn't take into account they were trying to recreate third world conditions in a first world country, and human nature is going to take over when people realize they're starving and living in filth, because they refused to use modern agricultural and sanitation. This was in addition to problems with the "bartering" system implemented in most to replace US Currency, and - the communes with mandatory partner-swapping and "free love", the rampant spread of untreated STDs and human nature of jealousy.
  • Sex is an economic exchange.
    Always.
    It's never free.
  • So, they started all gung-ho communists and since then they realized their ideals were mostly bunk and gradually turned into a private-property-owning, free-enterprize-supporting, enterpreneur-encouraging lot? Who knew that communist utopia was a pipe dream, and communist supporters were all a bunch of useful idiots who were clueless to what they have been defending?
  • FTA: "He recalled to ABC News: 'No one held personal money. It was all pooled."

    *hurrk*

    That's a society I would want no part of.

    / just thinking about that makes my skin crawl
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    Don't piss off the Communes...
  • maggoo: So, they started all gung-ho communists and since then they realized their ideals were mostly bunk and gradually turned into a private-property-owning, free-enterprize-supporting, enterpreneur-encouraging lot? Who knew that communist utopia was a pipe dream, and communist supporters were all a bunch of useful idiots who were clueless to what they have been defending?


    derp.

    0.5/10 for the spittle on your lips.
  • BronyMedic: I seem to remember from 8th Grade History class that most of these communes and "Hippy Communities" failed because they didn't take into account they were trying to recreate third world conditions in a first world country, and human nature is going to take over when people realize they're starving and living in filth, because they refused to use modern agricultural and sanitation. This was in addition to problems with the "bartering" system implemented in most to replace US Currency, and - the communes with mandatory partner-swapping and "free love", the rampant spread of untreated STDs and human nature of jealousy.


    Lasting 41 years is failure in your book?
  • stuhayes2010: Lasting 41 years is failure in your book?


    You missed the key word "most".

    In addition, this community didn't "last" on it's initial ideals. It adapted as it needed to survive. Most didn't. That's like saying because Oenida became a silverware company that's existed for over 100 years, the Oneida Community was a perfect example of a planned commune.
  • One of my friends from college ended up living there and made sandals. He seemed to be very happy, found a beautiful hippie chick and the shoes were actually quite nice.
  • there is a less known but 40 year old hippie commune in the tiny TN town I grew up in. I had a friend who live beside the place. One day we were hanging out and a couple hippies showed up and said "can we have some clean towels? Someone is giving birth in the birthing bus." There was this old school bus parked in the middle of a field that apparently all the ladies would give birth in.

    /gross csb
  • The Farm was near me growing up. The only interaction I ever had with anyone from there was when a kid from the Farm School competed in the county spelling bee.

    /I beat him

    //we had Amish, too
  • An old girlfriend I had grew up on a commune in Northern California, in the '60s. One day they were raided by the Sheriff's Department, who confiscated all their... tomato plants?

    /yeah, really
  • I would love to live this type of life, but I'm trapped in my own mundane existence.
  • DNRTFA, but I hope someone mentions something about how only 2% of mothers transfer to the hospital for c-sections when giving birth with their midwives, and I think as of 2005 or so they'd had no maternal deaths.

    Too bad we can't get that kind of rate out of our hospitals.
  • Peki: DNRTFA, but I hope someone mentions something about how only 2% of mothers transfer to the hospital for c-sections when giving birth with their midwives, and I think as of 2005 or so they'd had no maternal deaths.

    Too bad we can't get that kind of rate out of our hospitals.


    I'm also willing to bet they get exceptional, in-house prenatal care, and don't have the same maternal risk factors as people in large urban or very rural populations, either.

    It's fallacious to compare the population of the Farm, with the population of Memphis' 38103 Zip code, for example. (Number one in infant mortality in the United States. Woohoo!)
  • I'd love to see the freeloading fark liberals put down their iPads and move to a commune. If you dumbasses think that's the best model for society, then eat you're own dogfood and prove it to the rest us. I can pretty much guarantee you, however, there will not be much time for playing xbox and trolling fark on an actual, working farm.

    /B-B-B-B-UTTTT WORK!!!
  • my sister teaches at a NY state school with a 60's hippie commune in their zone. i've heard all about classrooms semi full of children looking near identical who score poorly on tests. semi-idiots that don't stand a chance in life. years of free love, swapping, incest and hard core drug abuse has resulted in a fertile colony of children that are mostly left to raise them self. farking sad to see.
  • BONAROOOOOOO!


    /got VIP tickets for this year.
  • BronyMedic: In addition, this community didn't "last" on it's initial ideals. It adapted as it needed to survive. Most didn't.


    So what? How many companies founded 41 years ago are still going? Sure, there are a lot of pitfalls for communities like The Farm, not least that of age profile; most of the founders tend to be of a similar age, which is fine until they all get to old to chop wood at the same time. That doesn't invalidate the idea of trying different ways of living, and many communes run very happily.
  • Peki:
    DNRTFA, but I hope someone mentions something about how only 2% of mothers transfer to the hospital for c-sections when giving birth with their midwives, and I think as of 2005 or so they'd had no maternal deaths.

    Too bad we can't get that kind of rate out of our hospitals.


    BronyMedic:
    I'm also willing to bet they get exceptional, in-house prenatal care, and don't have the same maternal risk factors as people in large urban or very rural populations, either.

    The Farm, in addition to all else, is home to a legendary midwifery school. You probably can't throw a hacky sack there without hitting several fully-certified midwives.
  • orbister: BronyMedic: In addition, this community didn't "last" on it's initial ideals. It adapted as it needed to survive. Most didn't.

    So what? How many companies founded 41 years ago are still going? Sure, there are a lot of pitfalls for communities like The Farm, not least that of age profile; most of the founders tend to be of a similar age, which is fine until they all get to old to chop wood at the same time. That doesn't invalidate the idea of trying different ways of living, and many communes run very happily.


    I never said it did. However, the one in a thousand communes that did survive the 70s do not invalidate the problems of the other hundreds of them. Many of them were based on unsurvivable idealism that would have only functioned in a society which was recovering post the downfall of organized civilization, and the "free love" communities would never have survived at all, due to purely human factors. (No one likes STDs, and no one likes their favorite girl being farked by their least-favorite person)
  • orbister:
    That doesn't invalidate the idea of trying different ways of living, and many communes run very happily.

    Snarky reactionaries hate alternative ideas that work more than anything.
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