Where Communists Live Forever

Longevity on the Greek island of Ikaria remains a mystery. Could communism be the key to a longer and more fulfilling life?

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When Étienne Cabet published Voyage en Icarie in 1840, he was trying to present his vision of communism in the form of a story. This was the heyday of utopian socialist dreams — when the very words “socialism” and “communism” first emerged — and before Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s virulent attacks on such schemes in The Communist Manifesto. […]

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