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The highly publicized Charles Manson was practically the Cheney of hippies, a violent misogynist dressed in Wizard's clothing.Religious cult leader Jim Jones is infamous for giving his followers a poisonous beverage often referred to as "the Kool Aid." I can just imagine how my commune friends might react if they were offered the Jonestown concoction.It is incredible to me how seldom people in America consider sharing as a realistic option.

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We liked to "dumpster" perfectly good food out of the garbage that otherwise would rot and eat it.

We engaged in "freeganism," as it's called, but we also grew a lot of our food in our gardens.

For two years, I lived on a rural egalitarian commune, known these days as an "intentional community." Communes are defined as "a group of people living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities." Where I lived, it meant running a worker-owned business and a farm with around forty other people. The outside world, or "Babylon," as it's begrudgingly referred to by many communards, never fails to confuse and frighten me.

To contrast the situation with my boyfriend's ex, I will paint a picture of a failed relationship on the commune.

Finally, at the perfect time, my friend from the protests invited me to visit the commune he lived on.

I was 20 years old, crust punk-esque, Occupy was over, and I had just gotten out of a relationship with an emotionally abusive guy who believed he was the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama.If you cannot deal with former partners living and dating in your house, you are not going to last long.Even when I was dating my ex `Styrofoam' (we encourage people to choose whichever name they like), we'd make out with people in front of each other. Each girl he was involved with was someone with whom I worked, lived and hung out. When I mention my previous lifestyle, people frequently ask me "Is it a cult?" Communism is practically a swear word in America, and it's shown in its darkest form when the media has its way.For that reason, the narcissistic cult leaders from the sixties are portrayed as the poster children of communes.He was the closest I've ever come to listening to someone with a messiah complex. I desperately needed to find like-minded people and to experience the togetherness I felt at Occupy again.

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