And there is the rub. There aren’t many neighborhoods around where people want to be “mobilized”. Whether it is in a slum or a gated community, most people just want to be left alone to do whatever they want to do. They don’t want to go to meetings about stranger’s problems. They really don’t want to give up their time or do work unless they are paid money. An advantage to the modern world is that people aren’t stuck with the people they live near as their community. They can pick whomever they want, wherever they want. They can belong to multiple communities, as do I. I don’t particularly know or care about the people who live in my neighborhood, except to tip my hat and say hello. I won’t hurt them or steal their stuff or litter, and that’s as far as it goes. If someone invited me to a cookout I’d go and socialize as long as the barbecue was hot and the drinks were cold, but I’m not handing out my contact info since I have enough stuff going on. I’m afraid that any type of cooperative will have to have people join it like a kibbutz or hippy commune, because I for one won’t be forced into some collective scheme by anyone, and I think most other people feel the same way.

The Kibbutz were successful BECAUSE of Zionist settler colonialism, which is why they are in Israel and not in New Jersey.

Free as I can be.

Free as I can be.