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From the Polis blog:
In contrast to the rest of Spain, the town of Marinaleda has virtually full employment, wage equality, and communally owned land. The majority of the town’s housing is available for 15 euros per month and Marinaleda’s residents have access to a variety of social services, including free home care for the elderly, cheap nurseries and sporting facilities––all financed through co-operatively run farms and factories.
For Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, the Mayor of Marinaleda, it is as simple as this: “An agrarian revolution is necessary.”
But critics say that the mayor has succeeded in “dividing up misery rather than creating wealth by promoting low-productivity farm jobs.”
"Anthropologist Salvador Becera from the Center for Andalusian Studies in Seville notes that, while Sánchez Gordillo has ‘brought social equity to an uneducated, economically oppressed community,’ his agriculture-based vision is anachronistic. ‘Right now, they can puff out their chests because the economy is in crisis,’ Mr. Becera said. ‘But what if they had the chance to get rich? Then who would stay in this little paradise that Sánchez Gordillo has created?’"
Polis blog reader Fra Pas writes: “I’m considering to move to Marinaleda. Can anybody give me some information how it is with EU citizens moving there (who can’t speak Spanish :D )? And are there any similar communities in Europe?”