WHAT? Socialism helped Israel survive?? - 11

Would you believe it if I told you that socialism helped young Israel survive? That was what I told a conservative talk show radio host some 30 years ago, and he simply could not believe it.

Personally, I am a fan of the free market. But about 40 years before Israel become a nation, they realized that the only way they could survive was to start collective farms where everything was equal. They called these farms Kibbutzim. It comes to form the Hebrew word לקבץ l’kabets, to gather.

During my time in Israel, I’ve spent much time on kibbutzim, possibly staying in a hotel there or interviewing them about their unique area of expertise for Out of Zion (see be