utopianism

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Before he died, Sun Myung Moon, cult father to massive Unification Church (known better as the Moonies), sent 14 Japanese “national messiahs” deep into the Paraguayan jungle to build an utopian “ideal city.” Thirteen years later, the author catches a trading boat down river in search of their hidden town.

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Why utopias are best understood as fiction games, and how they quickly become dystopias when realized.

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Squatters in Buffalo, NY enjoy a life of “decadent poverty” fixing up palatial mansions.