According to the Globe article, the members of the community recently voted to end the practice of shared ownership and wages. This was being done because of…
“the slow exodus of younger kibbutzniks. The Shapiros’ son, who left Deganya to practice law and is now a judge, is among the 50 percent of young people who have left the kibbutz. The total population of the country’s kibbutzim peaked at 124,000 in 1994 and has since fallen to 115,000; as a proportion of the growing Israeli population, kibbutz residents have fallen from 4.2 percent in 1952 to 1.7 percent in 2004.”
Heading for Galt’s Gulch possibly? Or just the free-market system practiced in the rest of Israel and other places in the world.
The kibbutz were started in 1910 and have been under going changes in recent years that have been moving the communities closer to what we practice here in the US.
Under the new system, kibbutz members keep their salaries, but pay taxes into a fund for common services such as health, education, and cultural events, as well as a support fund for poorer members.
Sound familiar? By the way, the taxes are a flat tax system.
The kibbutz has calculated a minimum wage and anyone earning more than that is taxed at a rate of 20 percent for services including health care and education, which are still provided on a collective basis.
But that is a discussion for another day.
The motivating factor for this change…
They wanted to get more money in the bank at the end of the month if they worked harder.
Pay based on merit, egads! What a barbaric practice.
I think this excerpt from John Galt’s speech says it all…
“You know that you can’t give away everything and starve yourself. You’ve forced yourselves to live with undeserved, irrational guilt. Is it ever proper to help another man? No, if he demands it as his right or as a duty that you owe him. Yes, if it’s your own free choice based on your judgment of the value of that person and his struggle. This country wasn’t built by men who sought handouts.”
Cross Posted at Red Mass Group