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    Sharing community = communists??

    So I was chatting with my mother and mentioned that several neighbors and I share a lawn mower (we all have small grass areas). And that we all look after each other’s cats and dogs if someone is away, even for a whole day...

    Her angry reaction was, “What a bunch of communists!!”

    Does participating in a sharing community define one as a communist?

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    Fox news and the like has permanently rotted some people's brains it seems.

    I suppose when you have to defend the indefensible (especially with Trump) it leads to all kinds of strange mental contortions.
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    Sounds pretty wacky to me.

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    Does your mom have a library card?

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    How sad that she has never experienced this mutual support with neighbours. It is one of life's joys.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    If you grew up in the 60s post-McCarthy era you might still carry irrational fear of anything that suggests "pinko" attitudes and behaviors... even sharing with neighbors. Very sad.
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    Not to be an alarmist or anything but how old is your mom? My mom has dementia, and one of the onset symptoms was a great suspicion of people, mistrust and paranoia.
    It's just something to think about.

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    My literal, non-snarky answer to your question is sure, that is one of the characteristics of a communist society. But until the state owns the means of production, you are in the clear for pinkness.As it is, you all are a collective.

    But my real answer is: so what? Why does it matter to you about the label put on this shared activity? This sounds more like mother -daughter acrimony than anything else.

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    I think it would be neat if we could share gardening equipment in our neighborhoods. We are looking at lawn trimmers right now and wondering why they are so expensive. I think the shared care and feeding of such objects might be problematic though without the right mix of personalities.

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    Without more information, it does seem a little odd, if not bordering on paranoia.

    I have lived places where the old saying, good fences make good neighbors, was pretty much the situation. Given the right neighbors and it is working with no disagreements, I think "community" could be misinterpreted as something else.

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