Tide of capitalism challenges ethos of Kibbutz

Yesterday's Guardian had quite a striking article about how Israel's oldest kibbutz votes for privatisation (Rory McCarthy).

In more detail, nearly a century after it was founded, Israel's first and most famous kibbutz has voted to give up its early socialist ideals and to 'privatise' itself.

Privatisation, in this sense, refers to residents for the first time receiving private salaries.

"In future they will be paid varied salaries based on ability not need and, most importantly, they will be allowed to keep them. In return they will have to pay for services such as electricity and water and they will have to pay a progressive income tax into the kibbutz which will be used to support the least well off."

The article suggests that the Kibbutz movement is by no means finished, but neither does it explain why such a movement is changing or under pressure to change, other than to offer anecdotes from residents.

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