The Marxist vision of utopia can effectively be described as “the dream of eternal college and student co-op.” When it comes to work the modern elitist “college” lifestyle is the normalizing experience for many a budding Marxist:
“It is the vision of hipsters! They do some meaningful labor that everyone shares and benefits from and spend the rest of the time enjoying the meaningful labor that everyone else shares and benefits from. Not just the labor of working at some meaningful dream job, but of a collective total existence. They think that they can work as a barista and then spending the rest of the time doing poetry, studying Marxist philosophy, enjoying interpretive dance, &c.… all without parasitically sucking off of the trust fund set up by Mommy and Daddy. It is the dream of eternal college and student co-op.”
Part of this “college” experience is the social living arrangements with most elements of housing being in common rooms available to the residents of the dorm. This serves to normalize the idea that one does not have their own living space, but a communal one with others.
This new normalized communal experience, which captures the “college experience” is now real and available for adults, as noted in an article from the New York Post entitled “I’m living like a college student at 44“:
“Increasingly, New Yorkers are turning to slick, luxurious communal-living setups. In the dormlike buildings, adults well out of college share kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms, and everything from toilet paper to coffee to a cleaning service is included in the rent.
“‘All the little stuff that you would have to go out for and plan and think about, you don’t have to think about,’ says James Jackson, 27, a Web developer who lives in a new communal building in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, operated by the co-living company Common.
“Common’s Williamsburg property is its third and largest. It operates two other buildings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and has space for 100 residents across the three properties. Since launching in October, the company has received 6,000 tenant applications.
“Once accepted — Common doesn’t perform a credit check but requires some sort of financial information as well as an interview — residents can show up empty-handed. Bedrooms are fully furnished, and even sheets and towels are part of the deal. Rent starts at $1,800 per room and includes all utilities and Wi-Fi.”