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The cases of the coffee pot, the alarm clock, the radio and the TV set

It may look funny today, but these items caused much unrest in more than one kibbutz. alarmclockThey were milestones in the slow erosion of the absolute material equality postulated by the kibbutz founders. We should also never forget, that most kibbutzim were poor, many miserably so. And if a whole village has only one alarm clock, a second, privately owned one will cause trouble.

radio When a couple received a radio set as a present, all hell broke loose. The kibbutz had a radio in the dining room, which served the whole population, but as many people fiddled around with it, it was quite often broken.The lucky couple steadfastly refused to hand over their set. They were talked to, shouted at, cursed and called names, at many kibbutz meetings. They were even threatened with expulsion. In the end, they were not expelled and the radio became public property under their supervision.

dallajThe privately owned coffee pot represented all that was evil in capitalist society. Not only was it private property, but it was thought to cause people to isolate themselves (which would have been rather a feat in those days of tents and two couples to a room.)

tvWhen Israel started its TV services in the early 1970's, the kibbutz bought a number of TV sets and placed them in strategically chosen TV rooms. It didn't take long until the first private TV (again a gift from a doting relative - Timeo Danaos et donas ferentes - well, they weren't really Greek, but it's the thought that counts, isn't it?) entered the scene. As it was mostly hidden in a cupboard and not blatantly displayed, the public outcry was less vocal than might have been expected.

 

The pictures are just illustrations and not the culprits themselves.

 

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