A small town of 2,700 in Andalusia, Spain has created a system of state controlled stability where everyone can build their own house with materials provided by the government.
The government of Marinaleda still owns the property, and requires a tax of $19 a month (forever). The citizen is not allowed to sell the house for profit, but for little to no cost, it’s theirs.
This all began when mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo went full “Robin Hood,” after the 2008 financial collapse. Whereas the area of Andalusia has an unemployment rate of 37% (and a world staggering 55% for the young people), Marinaleda has zero unemployment. The citizens work together on collective farms and everyone receives 1,200 a month.
After the abrupt 2008 financial meltdown, the city was in disarray. People were beginning to face starvation and Gordillo ordered the police to raid grocery stores for the poor. They grabbed rice, beans and oil, loaded them into carts and shipped them to local food banks to help the locally starving.
He explained it was not theft, but a non-violent act of civil disobedience. “There are many families who can’t afford to eat, and In the 21st century this is an absolute disgrace. Food is a right, not something with which you speculate,” he said.
“We need to rethink our values, the consumer society, the value we place on money, selfishness and individualism,” Gordillo remarks. “Marinaleda is a small example, and we want this experience to extend throughout the world.”
The craziest thing about this? It’s communism