No bosses, No sunroofs
Outside of Eugene, Oregon and the intentional communities movement, pretty much everyone has a boss. There are some acceptable bosses, but overwhelmingly people are, i observe, dissatisfied with their bosses. The miracle of the income sharing communities, is that we are largely able to run our cottage industries without the oppressive or disagreeable part of the boss role. At Twin Oaks we have managers, who have labor and money budgeting responsibilities, but they very rarely tell someone that they need to do something. They often request people do things, but this is not what bosses do, they tell people. At Acorn we have even ditched the title of manager all together, and things run just fine thank you.
When Occupy sparked, there was much conversation at Twin Oaks as to what Occupy Twin Oaks would look like. What would be our demand for a more fair and just society in the already fairly idyllic world of the commune? As we got further into this investigation, we realized again who wonderfully fortunate we were. “Seconds at 6:15” was one rallying cry that dinner seconds should be available earlier rather than the current 6:30 PM time. If this is what we are demanding, then things must be pretty peachie.
There are of course trade offs. To not have crime, we have to give up living in the city, To share cars together we have to give up access to the sunroofs in our cars.
This might sound odd at first, or perhaps even unfair. But when we get a new vehicle which has a sunroof in it, one of the first things we do is disable the sunroof. We do this because if we don’t some member will leave the sunroof open and the interior of the vehicle will get soaked. So the least responsible of us dictate the self protective behaviors we embrace that strip us of personal freedoms.
This irks me until i remember that i am one of the people most likely to leave a sunroof open.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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