Join Date: Jun 2008
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There is a distinct, and huge, difference between a collective where folks enter freely and are free to leave at any time to one where it's mandatory and enforced from the outside. Additionally, we're talking here about the exchange of information/knowledge and some labor in the form of coding, we're not talking about reforming a complete society with all of it's complexities. Again, another big difference.
Small, voluntary collectives can work just fine. Look at an Isreali Kibbutz. Everyone is there willingly and they are free to leave at any time.
Every large scale collective that's been tried has either failed or been morphed into something else. Human nature just doesn't allow it to be successful.
Shouldn't this be in P&R?
Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.