Anarres 2 cooperative community

October 6, 2013

Documentary on the Hutterites

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 7:52 am

Well, this is certainly not for me. Although I think I could handle the simplicity, I don’t think I could give up my freethinking ways and my personal freedom. But you have to admit, they have been successful supporting themselves communally. I just hope they laugh and chat and kid around when the journalists aren’t there!

How to Get to Heaven with the Hutterites


Between a commune and a cooperative

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 6:23 am
I just discovered there is a word for communities that produce collectively but allow consumption decisions to be made by families or individuals – moshav shitufi.

Biblical origins of socialism

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 5:03 am

Some of the verses of the Bible which inspired the communal arrangements of the Anabaptist Hutterites:

Acts 2, verses 44 and 45:

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”

Acts 4, verse 32:

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions were his own, but they shared everything they had.”

and Acts 4, verses 34 and 35:

“There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from their sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.”
I don’t think you’d need to divide everything equally (especially if there was work available and you could choose how many hours you wanted to work), but no one should go hungry or homeless.

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