May 3rd, 2009

Ann Vole

Co-ops: socialist, anarchist, or capitalist?

I was looking up books on housing co-operatives to explore the idea of making some to end up purchasing buildings I renovate or build for energy independence (and food independence and maybe even job independence). The books in question were surrounded by books on communism, socialism, Marxism and other leftist ideals. I found this oddly humorous because my attraction to co-ops to be the ability to mix of capitalistic function and anarchistic freedom rather then have any socialistic thinking involved. Interestingly enough though, the reason for my research interest was thinking of problems when the people involved with the co-operative have an uneven use of resources and uneven contribution to the co-operative. I want to explore the idea of me buying this house from my parents but through my company which will prepare the building to be energy self-sufficient for a later sale to a co-operative formed of the residents of that house. I (or my company) would start out with full ownership in the form of shares in the co-operative and then the new owners, as co-operative members, would buy back the ownership. I don't know how housing co-operatives normally work so I don't know if I am creating something new (that might need to be called something other then a "co-operative"). Condo development contracts are also on my to-read list as they are similar to housing co-operatives but resist being labeled as such.
Ann Vole

I am another year older (and deeper in debt)

Actually my debt level is rather low compared to most people but I was partially quoting an old song "You load sixteen tons and what do you get, Another day older and deeper in debt". Last Sunday my parents took me and my brother to a all-you-can-eat buffet for our birthdays (my brother's birthday was last week) so I am "covered" for happy birthday wishes but I thought I better include a birthday post.