Route 66: Free living and liberty at a rural commune

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Route 66: Free living and liberty at a rural commune 4.5
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What happened to the communes of the 60s and 70s? East Wind has adapted with the times to survive and prosper in the modern world. #route66 #america #highway







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"You say you're against capitalism, but you're obviously capitalists. What gives?"

I can only speak for myself, and not all of community, but here's how I see it. East Wind as a collective entity – in our case a 501(d) not-for-profit corporation, the same type of legal status as monasteries – is absolutely capitalist. I don't think anyone living here would deny that. Where we are not capitalist is inside the East Wind economic bubble. Inside the bubble – i.e. for members of East Wind - we own everything in common and share all income. This is decidedly un-capitalistic. East Winders do not compete with each other for resources, we share them. As other comments have pointed out, it's pretty much impossible to exist within a capitalistic world economy without participating in that same economy. Thus we run businesses to earn money to buy what we can't yet produce for ourselves. We are not self-sufficient yet and absolutely still depend on the broader economy to sustain ourselves. However we are working to be ever more self-sufficient, and it is a dream of many people here to one day not need to take part in capitalism.

I don't see us as hypocrites. By necessity we participate in capitalism while at the same time work towards not needing to do so in the future.

Author — Boone Wheeler

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Everybody freaking out about them still living within the capitalist society. Nothing wrong with reducing your need for mass produced material goods and living as much as possible off the land. Ffs.

Author — Cc

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I was born in a Commune in the 60's in California ....Best times and memories of my life...PEACE AND LOVE

Author — Roland Specht

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Not one person staring at a cell phone. Obesity seems to have missed them, must be doing something right!

Author — Pam Hunsinger

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I grew up in the Ozarks in the 50's & 60's in the small town of Waynesville, Missouri.
I had total freedom and lived like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

High five from a hippie/roadie in central Europe

Author — Sandy Sandifer

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Hi, I'm Boone, from the video. I guess I can't post links in these comments, but if you google 'East Wind Community' you'll find our website. You can also find a reddit AMA I did by googling 'hippie commune ama'.

Author — Boone Wheeler

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I like how everyone shares the responsibilities as well as the benefits.

Author — ZombieMommy

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I'll be 100% honest, I've wanted to live in the Ozarks ever since I was a kid, when I read the book
"Where the red fern grows"
I always thought that would be me.
Maybe it can be

Author — Jared Backus

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"Cooperation sounds easy until you don't get what you want." Those are powerful words!

Author — Truth Seeker

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This is so amazing! I've always wondered if people were "real." If there was a place that really existed where everyone cared about one another and worked together in a harmonic way of life. This is so incredible it's like a dream...I always wondered if this way of life had long since been forgotten by the self-serving "rat-race" of capitalism pretentiously posing as a "community." How do I contact these wonderful people to enquire about possubly being accepted in this real life community?

Author — Jim Lane

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STOP giving the “hippies” such a bad rap. people label me that cuz I've smoked pot since i was 14. made & wore home made skirts out of tapestries, don’t shave my legs, lived in a tent every summer, grew a garden, fished for trout.washed clothes & body in the Kern River. We did this with 6 to 8 other liked minded friends from 1973 to 1980 every summer we all worked all winter save our money & by April we were head to the mountains (up by Lake Isabella, Ca) i would love to be in a place of such serenity & nature all taking application is what I want to know...
It was such a blast... I am totally jealous....

Author — Wildrose Garden

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If we all choose to live like this
We will change the world 🌎 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼❤️

Author — Gonzalo Gomez

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I've been depressed since second grade after I moved away from friends and family. Then I became even more depressed being alone and eventually enjoyed being alone and found out I have high functioning-autism. I can't stand living in noisy cities. I dream of settling down somewhere in the countryside near a quiet mountain town. I want to live as a colonial from the 1700s with some modern ingenuity like partial electricity to use my computer and tv. But otherwise, largely self-sufficient. You don't need security systems, you don't need a dishwasher, you dont need a washer & dryer, you don't need plumbing and you don't need lights. You can hand wash and hang dry everything, you can use lanterns for lights, you can use wood stoves to cook. I've taken tips from the Amish way of living, its great.

Author — MENTAL

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Who here has bought Eastwind products? Yeah!

Author — Voidisyinyang Voidisyinyang

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i lived there for 4 yrs it was awesome

Author — jeff lynch

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This is practicing capitalism... in a group with democraticly elected "managers".. the difference is it's small enough to not to be corrupt.

Author — Fuzzy Was

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I've seen so many communities like this where interpersonal conflicts tear the community apart. It would be interesting for someone to do a large scale study to try to find and determine the variables that successful vs unsuccessful communities possess.

Author — Steampunk Radio

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I dream of living self-sufficient and off the grid.

Author — James Smith

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Love this! I've always wanted to live this way. I live in Missouri so you're not far from me. My husband and I have chickens, have a garden and a small pond for fish. We've started an orchard and love the lifestyle. We want to go completely off grid some day. You all are awsome and I say keep it up. More people need to wake up and stop desecrating Mother earth before she has enough and hits the reset button. Peace and love ✌❤

Author — Better Safe Than Sorry

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As I see it this is truely American in that people are at liberty to choose this lifestyle and it is capitalist proving that capitalism does not necessarily equal greed. Its hard work and dedication that any successful company or endeavour need

Author — Mel Russell