Ran Abramitzky on the Mystery of the Kibbutz - Econlib
Economist and author Ran Abramitzky of Stanford University talks about his book, The Mystery of the Kibbutz, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Abramitzky traces the evolution of the kibbutz movement in Israel and how the kibbutz structure changed to cope with the modernization and development of the Israeli economy. The conversation includes a discussion of how the history of the kibbutz might help us to understand the appeal and challenges of the socialism and freedom.
As a libertarian and an atheist, I didn't expect to get much out of this, as it involves socialist, religious communities. I was wrong. I found myself being more sympathetic than expected to the basic concept. Which is not to say that it appeals to me personally. I found the trade-offs that must be made to make this work to be interesting in a small-scale voluntary
system, while I would find them to be abhorrent in a large-scale, involuntary