Communes still thrive decades after the '60s, but economy is a bummer, man

Sky Blue found his proper place in the world when he was 19, a college dropout who visited a Virginia commune called Twin Oaks.  Fifteen years later, he’s still there, amid a thriving mini-society spread out over 450 acres of farmland, gardens, woods and small factories.

None of the typical totems of adulthood are necessary for life in Twin Oaks. No diploma, resume or credit score are required for entry. But that doesn’t mean that the common burdens of adulthood don’t creep in — like the economy.

As the 34-year-old Blue has found, even utopias can’t escape the dystopia of a 21st-century economy.

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