Richmond Magazine names Twin Oaks a “Great Place to Live”

“Why do you use words like ‘propaganda’?” The reporter asked earnestly?  With some regularity i refer to myself as the self appointed Minster of Propaganda.

“Because i want your best thinking and your best questions.” i reply equally earnestly.  

Propagandists are people who are trying to get you to change your mind, but unlike a religious ministers or proper ideologues, i dont pretend i have any monopoly on the truth.   If someone is on their guard that you are trying to convince them of something, they work doubly hard to find the weakness in your presentation and arguments.  i find this improves my case.


Richmond Magazine came out a few months ago and wrote a lovely puff piece about Twin Oaks (with brief mentions of Acorn and LEF).  Here is the link.  I was especially pleased when i discovered we were part of their cover story featuring great places to live in the Richmond area.

i spoke to the pleasant reporter for over an hour and i am always curious what pieces of what i say they find interesting.  THis time (perhaps because of the theme of great places) it was about the commune largely being recession proof.

As a commune, Twin Oaks operates on vastly different economic principles than the country as a whole. Perhaps at no time was that more evident than during the economic meltdown of a few years ago. For Twin Oaks residents, the recession went virtually unnoticed.

“Nothing changed,” says Paxus, Twin Oaks’ marketing manager. “Not a single person had to worry about not having a job. Everybody knew they would have their medical costs covered. Everybody knew they would have a car if they wanted to go someplace. Everybody knew there would be food and clothing and housing and all of it.”

Paxus noted that by husbanding resources, by planning for the ups and downs of the business cycle, by paying careful attention to the operation of its businesses, and by sharing its income communally, Twin Oaks had been prepared for the recession in ways that many in the outside world were not.


i misidentified this visitor as “Pablo Fuliano” for Richmond Magazine


 One of the funnier things about this article is that at last minute fact checking i was asked to name someone who i did not know in a picture.  So i used the commune generic last name “Fulano”, which in my classical dyslexic style misspelled for them.