I want to talk about a town where:
The land and their means of living belong to the people (factories, industries, tools and machinery ...)
All salaries are the same. Farmers, teachers, factory workers, managers, clerks all earn the same amount.
The benefits of their productivity goes to maintain their way of life and directly into development.
Housing is a right to all. Those who don't own homes can get one for life with a monthly rent less than a day's work.
There is no unemployment, huge fields to farm, lots of construction projects, growing food factories and industries are always hiring.
Education and healthcare are rights and free as well.
The political system is the most democratic. The parliament is represented by the people. They meet 2 or 3 times a month to decide what to do next,
how the money will be spent. They can also here and then decide to keep or fire the mayor and his team.
Moreover, there is no police force. The inhabitants show love and respect for their community, they self regulate.
Here on ATS (and everywhere else) I keep hearing that Communism is utopic and cannot work. Well let me tell you that this town exists.
It is not some remote village in a god forbidden south american leftist dictatorship, it is a village called Marinaleda in Spain, Europe
Those people have woken up and have lived like this for over 30 years. They took over the land and make it their own. Not only they are living
happily, even today in this crisis, but their are the envy of many in Spain, because of better salaries, working conditions and brighter future.
The only problem they face is productivity, when people are guaranteed a salary they don't feel the pressure of greedy and psychopathic bosses. They
don't work as hard and it can be troublesome when money is needed to repair infrastructures or further investment. Regardless they have been doing
well so far, thanks to the motivation and the drive of a common goal and ownership.
You probably never heard of them, as you might expect the powers are scared of such local rebellions. You, we can do the same and it will work. Land
should belong to all, it feeds us. It should not be the possession of the wealthy who often don't even use it to produce.
I know it's hard to fathom this concept, specially for those with higher salaries and enjoying their position of power. Please know that human beings
have rights and dignity, that evil feeds on greed. Know how to live like everybody else else, if you want a luxury car then make sure everybody in
your community can afford it too.
While the rest of Spain gorged on cheap credit to buy overpriced houses, the people of Marinaleda were building their own, mortgage-free, under a
municipal program, he said. If a resident loses his job, the cooperative hires him, he said, so nobody wants for work — a bold claim in a region
with 21 percent unemployment. Vanessa Romero, who moved here with her family from Barcelona in January after she and her husband lost their jobs, said
she was drawn by the prospect of work and facilities like the nursery school, which costs about $17 a month. The couple make about $1,500 a month each
working for the cooperative. “If a town like this, with half the resources of other towns, or less, can provide work for people, why can’t other
places do the same?” said Ms. Romero, whose parents were born in the town.
edit on 25-12-2011 by TheOracle because: (no reason given)