THE MODERN UTOPIAN



    "TO REMAIN NEUTRAL IN SITUATIONS  OF INJUSTICE, IS TO BE COMPLICIT IN THAT INJUSTICE."   - Desmond Tutu  

            quoted by the Brave New Foundation

About Richard Fairfield

RICHARD FAIRFIELD WAS BORN IN GARDINER, MAINE, IN 1937.    His varied education included studies in Japanese, psychology, English literature, creative writing, and Mandarin Chinese, which he learned in connec­tion with his military serviceAfter establishing and operating his own insurance agency, he went on to receive a BA in religion at Tufts University in Massachusetts and to serve as student minister in two Massachusetts churches. He received his Master of Divinity degree at the Starr King School for Religious Leadership in Berkeley, California, and served as the Unitarian minister in Santa Rosa until 1970.

From 1966-1972, Fairfield edited and published The Modern Utopian, which he founded as a “magazine of social change” that reported on the developing communal movement in the United States.  This was the first magazine member of The Underground Press Syndicate (UPS).  In 1970, Fairfield visited communes in England, France, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, and soon after wrote, edited and published several oversized, heavily-illustrated books including: Com­munes Europe, Communes Japan, and Communes USA.. Penguin published a revised paperback edition of Communes USA in 1972.

Richard continued to self-publish books, magazines, and newsletters until the mid-1970s. He also continued his graduate studies at the Union Graduate School and the United States International University.  He was subsequently employed as an instruc­tor, program coordinator and academic advisor at the University of California, Santa Cruz for 17 years.

He moved to Southwest Florida in 1992 where he currently resides. Today he works as a Realtor but his passion is still writing. He publishes a monthly review of films (moviereviews1.com)  and has begun to document his diverse life experiences on his website mylifeinprocess.com  including information on the evolution of The Modern Utopian  

HERE IS A LIST OF PUBLISHED WORKS FROM THE 1960s THRU THE 1970s:

"Building An Insurance Agency Through New Marketing Techniques" 
THE LOCAL AGENT (St. Louis, MO.) 1962

"Religion and Cinema" in THE CRANE REVIEW                                      Tufts University,Medford,MA) 1967

THE MODERN UTOPIAN,Vol. 1-5, bi-monthly magazine (Berkeley,CA),    1966-1972  -- publisher, editor and writer.

GREEN REVOLUTION/PERSPECTIVES ON L1VING, bi-monthly magazine (School of Living, Los Ange1es,CA), 1973-74 -- publisher, editor and writer.

ALTERNATIVES, bi-month1y magazine    (Alternatives Foundation,            San Francisco,CA)   1970-7l -- publisher, editor and writer.

ALTERNATIVES JOURNAL, bi-week1y newsletter (Alternatives Foundation, San Francisco, CA) 1971-73 -- publisher, writer.

VISIONS ANNUAL 1970. (Alternatives Foundation, San Francisco,CA) 1970 --publisher, editor.

COMMUNES, USA--A Personal Tour (Penguin Books, NYC-London), 1972.

COMMUNES, EUROPE (Alternatives Foundation, S.F.,CA) 1972.
COMMUNES, JAPAN    (Alternatives Foundation, S.F.,CA) 1972.
UTOPIA, USA                 (Alternatives Foundation, S.F.,CA) 1972.

IN SEARCH OF UTOPIA (Alternatives Foundation, S.F.,CA) 1971.

GUIDE TO SELF-DIRECTED LIVING        (School of Living, L.A.,CA) 1975
PASSPORT TO AN EARLY RETIREMENT   (School of Living, L.A.,CA) 1974.
GUIDE TO OPTIMAL HEALTH              (School of Living,L.A.,CA)1973   H
OW TO SAVE ON YOUR FOOD BUDGET (School of Living, L.A.,CA) 1973.

FREE SCHOOL DIRECTORY,       1970-71                                                 SOCIAL CHANGE DIRECTORY,  1967,  1970,  1971
PERSONAL GROWTH DIRECTORY, 1970-71
COMMUNITIES DIRECTORY,       1967, 1969, 1970, 1971
PEOPLE DIRECTORY,                    1970, 1971

SELF-EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FILE,   1974.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY LIVING IN THE COUNTRY,   1971

HOW TO BUY LAND,            1971                                                         

HOW TO START A COMMUNE,    1971

THE MODERN UTOPIAN - Alternative Communities of the '60s and '70s      is a Compendium of my work.  Published by Processmediainc.com       Available through them or through Amazon.com or other internet bookstore locations. 

 


A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:  My father was a salesman.  My mother     was an idealist. I grew up being both.  In the 1960s I combined the two  as a publisher for social change  (The Modern Utopian magazine and Communes,USA). 

My father, as a salesman, always said, "Never talk religion or politics".     In business, he was correct.  In life, however, I have always found those two topics to be the most "fun" to talk about.  Now I am older.  As the business side of me declines, I have more time  for the "fun" side.