I learned over my career as a journalist a lot about utopias in general and what separates them the successful ones from the ones that seem to crash and burn. In general the more successful Utopias didn’t have incredible strict rules on religion and just required to people to see god more as a human than a ruler. Utopias that had strict rules and beliefs made it less inviting to people. For example the had strict beliefs and only lasted around seven months and had a total of only 13 people inhabiting the farm at once. On the other hand the Brook Farm lasted for over 6 years and was only broken off because one of the founders didn’t appreciate the lifestyle anymore and chose to depart. I also learned that the founders are extremely important if they aren’t dedicated and flexible like in the New Harmony then it is hard to keep faith in the people living at the farm and their positive attitudes seem to perish.
After spending over 20 years of my life studying several utopias, I thought I had a good grasp of what was causing those utopias to break down so I thought it would be best to team up with a person of great intelligence and create guidelines for a successful utopia. Although I am still working for the post me and him have a lot of time on our hands. We plan to have our guidelines of how to run a successful utopia published so that if anyone is curious in starting one they could contact us and we could work with them on what we saw works and what doesn’t.
This is what an average utopia would like in the 18th century expect their would be people working in the far, learning a school and or giving tours. This may seem like not an exciting image, but the people inhabiting the farm were mostly happy. The stress level was gone on the farm you didn’t have to worry about anything, you’d get your work done during the morn of the day and then enjoy yourself for the rest of the afternoon. This image really resembles the time period, because all the utopias of the 18th century were on farms.
People living on the farm weren’t really affected economic change, they worked and made money for the founder so he could continue to provide resources for the people. Like seen in the New Harmony if people stopped working then the farm would most likely discontinue. Socially people were impacted by one another, if someone left the utopia obviously they would express some sort of sadness. Also if people spent a lot of time at the farm they would tend to ware out, which was why certain utopias only lasted so long.