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What Will Happen to a Socialist Seastead?

February 10, 2010

Maybe the same thing that happens to many Israeli Kibbutzim.  It appears these egalitarian cooperatives have transformed into professionally managed, profit-seeking organizations. From Peter Klein who picked up on a Financial Times story, The Capitalist Kibbutz:

“‘The kibbutz was never isolated from society,’ says Shlomo Getz, the director of the Institute for Research of the Kibbutz at Haifa University. ‘There was a change in values in Israel, and a change in the standard of living. Many kibbutzniks now wanted to have the same things as their friends outside the kibbutz.”

The bottom line, from economist and former kibbutznik Omer Moav: “People respond to incentives. We are happy to work hard for our own quality of life, we like our independence. It is all about human nature — and a socialist system like the kibbutz does not fit human nature.”

HT: Brad Taylor

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3 Comments
  1. Jerry Mitchell permalink
    February 11, 2010 1:15 am

    Heres exactly what would happen – ala the 20th Century Motor Company.

  2. Mike Gibson permalink*
    February 11, 2010 3:09 am

    Nice.

  3. Anirudh Bhati permalink
    March 6, 2010 6:02 am

    Thanks for the link, Jerry! 🙂

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