By not being kibbutz any more:
Most kibbutzim have implemented reforms to become commercially viable and stem decline. Liberalisation – including permitting differential incomes and home ownership – has increased their attractiveness to newcomers reluctant to commit to pure communal principles.
Only about 60 of Israel\’s 275 kibbutzim still operate a completely collective model, in which all members are paid the same regardless of their allotted job. Most of the rest have introduced wage differentials for people employed by the kibbutz – but, more importantly, many members now work outside the kibbutz and contribute a proportion of their salaries to the collective.
Other measures have included selling kibbutz businesses, charging for meals and services, and recruiting agricultural labourers from south-east Asia. The changes, necessary for survival, have been painful, particularly for a generation of kibbutz pioneers wedded to a socialist-Zionist dream.
A note to egalitarian socialists: even among those who volunteer for it it doesn\’t work all that well. Why on earth anyone thinks it would ever work if imposed I\’m not sure.
Being the liberal that I am of course I support any consensual method by which consenting adults wish to run their lives. It\’s the imposition bit I have a problem with. And as the kibbutz movement shows, there are indeed those who prefer to live in such an egalitarian socialism. Well then, if that\’s what you desire then off you go, have fun, send us a postcard occasionally.
It\’s just that you don\’t get to force us into how you want to live.