Many socialists assume that capitalism will inevitably, almost automatically, be replaced with socialism merely by the phenomenon of workers worldwide becoming aware of their repression and rising up against their oppressors.

Cooperative Commonwealth Communities

From the small experimental communities that arose in America, especially in the 1970s, we learned that building a genuine cooperative group requires screening and training. Only the appropriate kind of person can participate effectively in a cooperative community, so persons need to be screened and then successfully complete a carefully-designed training program. What had wrecked all the American nineteenth and twentieth century small community experiments had been untrained, presumptuous, egomaniacal participants who believed they knew enough without needing any prior training.

When the New Harmony, Indiana community failed, Robert Owen's son claimed that the failure was a result of the wrong kind of people being members of the community: "a heterogeneous collection of radicals, enthusiastic devotees to principle, honest latitudinarians, and lazy theorists, with a sprinkling of unprincipled sharpers thrown in."

Only competent, successful persons are capable of effective participation in cooperative ventures. A person or a couple must have exceptional reasoning capabilities and substantial net holdings to be involved in the building of a commonwealth community. Such an enterprise must not be forced to deal with irrational, incompetent persons who have not been intelligent and resourceful enough to attain a high degree of personal development and success--hence the necessity of a screening test and training program.