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utopia found?

Marinaleda (pop. 2700) a town 100 km east of Seville, in southern Spain near Gibraltar, where: 

- local people rent 3-bedroom-houses with garden from the municipality for Euros 15 per month - inhabitants successfully expropriated a 3,000 acre estate a Duke in 1991 enjoy near full employment in a region with over 20% unemployment, with 8 agricultural cooperatives, equal pay (Euros 47 per day) and 6 and a half hour working day!

- Sánchez Gordillo, the keffiye-wearing, 54 year old mayor has been democratically elected every 4 years for the past 30 years! - there are no policemen - 'no need' according to the mayor - nor priests, as all have access to a modern health centre, schools, nursery sports centre, home services for the elderly, a pensioners’ centre, a large cultural centre, a swimming pool, a football stadium, a nature park and gardens, and workshops  from bricklaying to ecological agriculture.

- Holy Week is celebrated every year as Peace Week with a 5 day partying attracting youths from as far as Madrid

- Direct democracy and solidarity thrive, combining ecology & socialism.

A Utopia? The town thinks so: its official red-green coat of arms clearly states “Marinaleda - a Utopia for Peace”!

Sources/More Reading:

Official Website:

Excellent article:




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