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Phalanx (military) and monestary (religious autarky).

This was a utopian community model proposed by Fourier.


Rigorous Demand

Fourierist movement in general, was ultimately undermined by its unachievable utopian basis — a general creed which as one scholar observed "promised too much and required too little of its adherents."

The open source economy (distributed global + open design + microfactories) can address the stressors (lack of economic productivity) of such an endeavor.


Fundamentally, accounting sapped too much energy. Fortunately, the open source license addresses this (by eliminating accounting - attribution is automatic and is found in logs). Very relevant to why any NC license (with complex accounting schemes) is doomed to failure and corruption.

members of the North American Phalanx were so preoccupied with work allocation and scheduling that "our days were spent in labor and our nights in legislation"

Talent Acquisition

Talent is always an issue in any utopian community. Open source ecology promotes Rapid Learning Infrastructures as a way to address this.

The North American Phalanx was also hard hit by the loss of its chief carpenter, a skilled horticulturalist, and other leading members in an 1853 succession to join the fledgling Raritan Bay Union.