I’ve lived with some Mormons for a bit and Mandy nailed it. They seem great at first, until you express any kind of creativity, sexuality, dissent, then they either attempt to force you to change, or they disassociate with you.
I’ve been studying intentional communities for years and the only groups that I’ve found that are really sustainable are nomadic, individually independent but community oriented, and practice gift economy. Every tribe, civilization, and intentional community I’ve studied that’s not nomadic can be semi stable, or free, but not both. As long as property, agriculture, hierarchy, money, or sedentary living are part of the plan, either some rules and ruling body are necessary, which usually gets corrupted, or there will be constant conflicts.
There’s no such thing on this planet as Utopia but the closest thing to it is the minimalist, survivalist, hunter/gatherer/scavenger model.
If I ever secure property in AZ, it will be a base camp only, where feral humans can come, stay for up to two weeks at a time (this gets around camping on private property rules ) process game, can food, use internet, charge devices, rest, socialize, and maybe store some supplies. I’m trying to figure out ways to not involve money after the land and supply purchases other than tiny donations for taxes and maintenance. We (feral humans) need these little base camps everywhere!