…many governments freely chosen by the individuals can co-exist side by side in the same territory and supply more efficiently and cheaply all those services that are now provided (very often ineffectively and costly) by a monopolistic territorial state
(1) The co-op owns or leases property (van, land, office, etc.), which we can call ‘the commons’.(2) The co-op has members, who enjoy the benefits of the commons, and who accept the responsibilities of membership.(3) All members participate directly in governance / decision-making.(4) All members participate flexibly in the operation of the co-op.(5) The job-rota system is in effect a local currency, in that it replaces the role of salaries in the world of the co-op.(6) The co-op generates a stable level of economic activity and provides a stable level of ongoing services.(7) The co-op needs investment capital from members to get started and obtain its commons.
– several retail shop spaces– a warehouse-type building, suitable for light industry and other uses– an apartment building– a childcare facility– a wind turbine for electricity (that’s a lot of electricity)– a few taxis, a couple of vans, and a truck (all electric)– an acre of arable land nearby– a small supermarket– a fund to provide credit-union-like services, done in a way that escapes government regulation– an accounting system (like local currency) for internal transactions– a few office spaces for co-op administration