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48 – The Oneida Community Part II: Like Sand Through The Hourglass

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It’s an 1840’s Quaker soap opera as we continue the story of the Oneida Community, the free love endorsin’, romantic love despisin’, silverware makin’ (eventually, we promise, there will be forks) Perfectionist sex cult. This week we’re taking a look at the small sexually repressed dramas of the members of John Noyes’ Putney Community, the trial run for what would eventually turn into a capitalist nightmare and what sounds like the worst place in the world, and how they tried to navigate human relations with dignity and honesty (really though, they gave it a solid try) before being run out of Putney, Vermont for being just too groovy for New England. We also listen to a bunch of really awful Shaker music for some reason. 

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