What Is a Hippie Commune?

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A hippie commune is a group living arrangement in which property, food and sometimes income are shared in an attempt to develop a sense of community, mutual trust and friendship. Hippie communes became popular in the 1960s during the counterculture revolution, which arose primarily in American society.

Hippies are individuals who adopted values that stemmed from opposition to the Vietnam War and established institutions in favor of non-violence and a back-to-the-land alternative lifestyle. A hippie commune, known as The Farm, is still in existence in Tennessee. It was the subject of a recent documentary in which the filmmakers claim they were not exposed to perfume, meat, TV or American popular culture while growing up on the commune.