Feb 5, 2008

Utopian dreams and Super Tuesday



There's nothing left but a little wooden shack, shadowed by the redwoods.

There's a sign, California State Historic Landmark No. 389, to tell you what you're looking at, but today the shack in Kaweah, Calif., is just a small post office in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Once, though, it was the cornerstone of a new world, the world imagined by a crew of socialist loggers, who trekked up the mountain and bought a timber claim and thought that, with hard work, right thinking and a little seclusion, they could build something ideal.

They camped out along the north fork of the river, in 1886, and they radically re-imagined their own economics, ideas of property and daily life. They tried to name the largest Sequoia after Karl Marx.

They failed, of course.

Read the column @ the Clayton News Daily:
Radically re-imagining the world