Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I'd never heard the term "self-governing socialism" (in contrast to the "state socialism" of China or the former USSR) before, but recently stumbled across a blog devoted to discussing the idea and its implementation. The kibbutz, of course, is a classic example of the concept—a community based on radical economic equality in which everyone has an equal say, via the general assembly vote, in how things are run. The most recent post on the SGS blog gives a useful overview of the kibbutz movement (with one minor error: A.D. Gordon, the philosopher behind the kibbutz's "religion of labour", wasn't actually a founder of Degania but was later associated with the first kibbutz). I'm especially interested in the many other examples, from around the world, that the author has lassoed under the umbrella of self-governing socialism.