Blithedale is an entertainment cabal with involvement in projects as varied as fashion houses, publishing companies, cabarets, propagandapapers, television stations, etc…
It began with the orgiastic religion of Dionysos. Within the Dionysiac cult, money in principle played no part, or played only a secondary role – like a sickness of the body. Those who took part in Dionysiac orgies were often have nots, sometimes even slaves. They were a small group of people that refused to cast eroticism out of religion, men had reduced religion to a utilitarian morality. Eroticism, having lost its sacred character, became unclean. The popularity of Dionysos in the first centuries of the Roman Empire was such that his cult might have been considered a serious rival to Christianity. On the other hand, the later existence of a soberer Dionysiansim, seems to indicate that the fear of derangement forced those faithful to Dionysos to renounce the virulence of earlier times. To the extent that Christianity ruled the world, it attempted to liberate it of eroticism, it turned paradise into the world of immediate – as well as eternal – satisfaction. But first it made paradise the outcome of an effort, the outcome of labor. Those that did not chose to conform their violently religious ways found acceptance in the Christian sect of Catharism, calling themselves Blithedale.
They had left on the Mayflower to come to America. At first the Blithedale members thought they’d get along with the other Mayflower passengers, but they were wrong. After only a annual and a half at Plymouth the Blithedale members left to set up their original idea. They envisioned a populace of liberal intellect and cultivated personalities, where interpersonal relations that fostered a more wholesome and simple life could be cultivated away from the energy depleting competitive constitutions.
They moved their community and abbey eight miles east of Boston. Remaining a isolated community as well as self-sufficient allowed them to amass a small community fortune. The prototype Blithedale community was originally financed by the sale of stock, a purchaser of one share automatically becoming a member of the institute, which was governed by a board of directors. The profits, if any, were divided into several shares corresponding to the total number of man-days of labour, every member entitled to one share for each day’s labour performed. During the Panic of 1837, that shut banks and closed lines of credit, Blithedale was the only organization – aside from the Catholic Church – with the resources to give out such vast loans, leaving them to be one of the only money lending agencies around. In the following depression Blithedale acquired the thousands of abandoned acres of agricultural land as people hoped factory work might save them, and turned the land into resorts of the wealthy.
By the 1840s there was obvious immigration toward towns, cities, and factories. Hoping to increase its newfound power base Blithedale took advantage of the rapidly developing industrialization made possible by steam and iron mechatronics, by introducing the barons to Blithedale’s inner most rituals for passage to Heaven. Once a month the most senior members meet for orgies, and wine, and various other indulgences. Each one a way to purge their souls of sin so they could easily return to their holy lives, unencumbered by being human. The earliest members were grateful for their free pass to Heaven and they left fortunes, trusts and seedlings for FORBES’ 500 companies.
With its near unprecedented accumulation of capital in the hands of a powerful few, the new mechatronics, city tenements, over-crowded factory town-cities, Blithedale joined other philanthropic organizations to attempt the cultivation of the arts, protection of prostitutes, and the care of orphans. To clean up any of the rumors that haunted Blithedale since they separated from the Mayflower. But Blithedale’s good deeds bred just as many rumors.