How Communist are the Communes?

On Friday, I posted a Facebook post here that Theresa wrote about accessibility and filters. In the midst of it, I, Raven, got into a back and forth about terms like “Communism” and “Anarchism”.

So I created a Facebook post about the relationship of communism to the communes:

There were a bunch of comments. Here are some of the more relevant ones:

Finally, I like this short wrap up comment:

How Communist are the Communes?

Filters

In early August, Theresa wrote a Facebook post wondering about how we could make the communes more accessible to more people–and also mentioned that the communes filter out people. That’s not a bad thing, but maybe we need to change the filters:

You can see that it got a lot of comments. The first few are personal responses, mostly pretty much on target.

Then Allen Butcher (at first responding as ‘The Fellowship of Intentioneers’) joined the discussion and it soon became a three way triolog between him, Zamin Danty, and me, Raven (sometimes posting as Commune Life). The following thread quickly becomes very long, technical, ideological, and perhaps nitpicking, as we focus on the differences between ‘communalism’, communism, and anarchism and which are best, and even appropriate, for describing what we do in egalitarian communities. If you are bored by long-winded political discussions, you may want to end reading here. On the other hand, if you are a commune theory buff and the nitty gritty of how income sharing relates to political movements, read on.

Filters

Sacrifices

Theresa wrote this simple post in late July:

The eleven comments went in two different directions. First myself and Zamin Danty wrote personal responses where we wrote out our responses to the question:

Then Crista Bergmann talked about specific complaints about a specific community. (Llano has one of the kitchens at Twin Oaks, so I am sure that this is community that the rest of the comments are about.) Wren Vile responded which led to a small back and forth with Crista as they reminisced:

Then Christine Willis added a memory which Crista also elaborated on, ending with a cute back and forth affirmation:

Sacrifices