@PeteAs an arm of the Catholic Church, I would assume the sister's
knee surgery was covered under the Church's own insurance. Most of the
mainstream church entities are self-insuring. Tax dollars are not used.
I've been wondering about the sustainability of such communities for some
time now. "Utopia" is the typical term to dismiss any serious
discussion about it, stemming from an overly simplistic definition. Cited here
are apparently successful examples. Cooperation in making a community viable
sounds great to me, without the dog-eat-dog business model advocated by the
overly ambitious who care mostly for themselves and their own rise to power,
where the only citizens required and admired are those who can take the
community "to a whole new level," however that's defined. No one
else need apply, no other skills are valued beyond ones to achieve a huge
commercial success. Also, is there enough legal recourse and moral courage
within our current culture to prevent take-over by entities willing to mutate
and ruin a community for their own ends?
Question: Do the business operations of the Intentional Communities abide by
the civil laws that other private businesses must follow? As
American citizens people have the right to be, do, believe, and create a special
government for their community as they wish. But can the special community
membership take away the rights and freedoms of American citizens as secured by
law.Would a conservative person look at the community and call it
communism or socialism and lament the loss of freedom of the members?I think business operations in the United States should all have to follow the
I wonder who paid for the knee operation. We The People?
I find this article fascinating . Intentional communities follows the tradtions
of LDS history when the saints set up cooperatives and united orders. People of
faith and non faith may want to consider this concept again and start their own
cooperaitve enterprises. Within the LDS community it does not have to be an
official church endeavor nor should it be organized as a LDS entity. The
cooperative concept is very common in todays society. Please do a web search on
The Mormon Zion Project which gives some back ground on cooperative living.