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Fordlandia

Henry Ford has an interesting duality:  he paid living wages and launched the five-day workweek, but he was also an unabashed capitalist and industrialist, interested in money and power on top of a taste for fascist racists.  In his attempt at making the world in his image, he built his own utopian city in the Amazon jungle.  Called Fordlandia, it was Ford's attempt to gain control over the rubber his vehicles dearly needed.  It never quite worked as Ford expected, and with WWII looming it never took off as the industrial utopia Ford had wished for.

 

White Supremacist Utopia In ND

Craig Cobb began buying up properties in the small North Dakota town of Leith in order to build a community that fits his ideas for the perfect community. This is how most uopias start, but Cobb's is the dark side of what people think of when it comes to utopias: Cobb is a white supremacist, and wants to take over Leith to estabilsh Cobbsville, a community that fits his expectations for what a right and upstanding town is.

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"Would Change Personality of a Village"

From a 1920 New York newspaper:

 

How can the personality of a town be changed?  Frank Vanderlip, international financier, didn't like the personality of Sparta, a town of 30 families, a little way from here (Ossising NY), and so has bought it.

Now he plans to make it over until its moral tone suits him.

Sparta has always been a drinking town.

It was a crossroads inn town during the Revolution, and if common report is correct, one still may find the fluid that burns and cheers. George Washington often stayed at its inn and the man who invented the Monitor lived at Sparta.  These facts attracted Vanderlip 10 years ago.

 

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Universe 25

Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage -- so to speak.  In 1972, scientist John Calhoun built a perfect utopia, designed for the comfort and stressless lives for its inhabitants.  Its inhabitants were four breeding pairs of lab mice, and its goals weren't totally altruistic.  Calhoun new that, once population grew past a point, society would collapse, and Universe 25 was his real-world proof of overpopulation Armageddon.  This posits the converse of what destroys real-world attempts at Utopias;  often, they die off because of too few adherents, which is why Fourier required well over 1,500 people to keep a Phalanstery going.  Combining limited space and limited resources with an ever-growing population comes with it the death of a utopia due to too many adherents as well.   Calhoun's methods and processes leave some room for doubt that humans would suffer the same fate.  More scientific information on Universe 25 can be found here.

 


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