August 27, 2007
Less kibbutz but more kibbitz
To the loyal mirblogn readership, I would like to welcome you back. It has been a long summer break (too long? no, just long). I'm glad to be back blogging for you.
I just came across this story from kibbutz movement in Israel has experienced a revival, even though the communities aren't as socialist as they once were.
The kibbutzim that once stressed socialist ideals above all else have given way to communities that try to balance "collective responsibility and individual freedom, with an emphasis on community and values." The younger generation that was non-existent on kibbutzim in the 1980s is attracted to the suburbanized socialist (but not too socialist) lifestyle. There is more private ownership, and salaries are dictated by the amount of income an individual brings in for the communities instead of a system of strict equality.
Kibbutzim now come in color, too.
Personally, I think it is great that the kibbutz movement is experiencing a bit of a revival (the article also mentions that some of the most socialist kibbutzim are also atracting new residents). The kibbutz movement instilled some of the pioneer mentality after the founding of the state. Plus, when I visit them they seem like such peaceful communities.
As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the "kvetches" section.