Reckon Protocommune

1. Reckon Location
The Reckon protocommune is rented space in a house. The house is in suburbia.

The neighborhood is surrounded by forested land. Reckon is close to bus stops, and is not far from urban areas. Thus the location has notes of both rural and city life. It’s possible to live in this area without owning a car. Furthermore, ride companies like Lyft and Uber operate here. There’s a strip mall nearby that has rental trucks and vans, also.

Reckon also rents part of the house’s yard. The yard is fenced with wooden fencing and cable fencing.

2. Reckon purpose
The purpose of the Reckon commune is self-improvement. Communards spend part of the day in agricultural and related work, and part of the day working on self-improvement through taking courses and through building their character traits. One of the primary vehicles for improvement is keeping a journal to assist in making self-reckonings. Thus, the name for the commune is “Reckon”.

The physical space of the protcoommune is a ruled zone. Here are the rules.

The first rule is: everyone must speak calmly and softly. This does not mean that only whispering is allowed, although whispering is fine. It means speaking at the lowest necessary volume. It means speaking slowly. It means taking periodic breaks from speaking to allow others to respond, or to indicate that they understand what is being said, or to indicate they are not interested in having a discussion. In line with this, anyone using a device that plays audio should equip it with a headset, bluetooth, etc.

The second rule is that the clothing worn while in the house space should cover the body as much as is consistent with the season.

The third rule is no one should touch anyone else while in the house space. Included in this rule is that there should be no isolation of two unmarried people together where touching could even potentially take place without observation.

The fourth rule is no psychotropic drugs are allowed on the premises or inside someone on the premises. This prohibition includes marijuana, street drugs, and antipsychotic and antidepression drugs. Wine and beer can be consumed in moderation as part of a meal or for refreshment. Otherwise, no alcohol allowed.

The fifth rule is that protocommunards are expected to participate in scheduled meetings.

The rules are designed and enforced for a completely rational reason: to minimize conflict. These are not hard and fast rules. If the rules aren’t working, they are subject to change.

3. Practical aspects: living, work, common activities

Reckoners van or van-in-place, or some combination of the two.

Vanning-in-place means living in a stick-and-bricks dwelling or in a tent in the manner of those who live in a van. Anyone joining the protocommune accepts on themselves this kind of basic existence.

Pure vanning is living in vans that are parked here and that use the protocommune as a base. To avoid any violations of laws, communards have sleeping spaces within the house in loft beds.

There are several businesses here.

One is part of the suburban movement: growing food on residential yards and selling it.

Selling baked goods out of a house at a farmers market is legal here. So a bakery is the second business.

The money from the businesses goes to pay for the upkeep of the protocommune. The rest is saved, and distributed to protocommunards for basic needs like clothing, food, and whatever else is needed. Decisions on spending are decided collectively.

Everyone is expected to think and act independently while living communally. The sparse living conditions means that all one’s essential belongings should be able to fit into a small car and the rest in a commercial storage unit. Anyone can get up and leave any day they want.

In line with that, potential protocommunards before moving in are expected to join in on regular teleconferences to familiarize themselves with life at Reckon.

Other communities and farms that I’m in contact with in the U.S.:
– The Swan Lake Community
Licking Creek Bend Farm
Liberty View
Shaare Shamayim

Joe Orlow