Allen Butcher on Allocation Mechanisms for Community Economics

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Biographical Material


Bibliographic Material

Books:

  • 2007. Gifting and Sharing: Living the Plenty Paradigm in Cohousing and Communal Society. Self-published.


Articles:

  • 2003. “Communal Economics.” Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World. Christensen, Karen and David Levinson (editors). Sage Publications.


Excerpts

Communal Economics vs. Exchange Economics

A. Allen Butcher:

"All of the various types of intentional communities use some form of sharing system, or some degree of communal economics. Any organization having a labor contribution for which there is no monetary or other compensation given in exchange for their labor could be said to use a “time economy.” (Butcher 1997) Note that labor exchange systems such as time dollars are a form of time economy, yet they are not communal economies or sharing economies, they are exchange economies. A communal economy exists when members share the fruit of their labor as common property, rather than distribute that fruit to the members as personal property." (http://www.culturemagic.org/TimeBasedEconomics.html)