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It can be a windy old route to the Marxist dialectic. . .

"James Baxter’s 1970s Jerusalem commune on the Whanganui river was a
singular rural crash pad.

"A place where all the social rules I’d previously known and thought to be
set in concrete were either bent, bypassed or broken.

"You could lie around all day and still get to line up for whatever passed
for a feed at night. You could – within limits – exercise the option of
‘first up best dressed’. If you lit a cigarette it was expected that you’d
pass it round the company so everyone could have a drag off it.

"Once in a while one or two commune members would go to town. . .

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