Self-reliant, intentional communities use small businesses to thrive in hard times

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  • Rita52 ANN ARBOR, MI
    March 19, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    As 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.

  • Gracie Boise, ID
    March 19, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    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?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 19, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    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 same rules.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    March 19, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    I wonder who paid for the knee operation. We The People?

  • Bart Tippetts Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 19, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    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.