I started the âIndependence as a group effortâ thread with the idea of finding or developing a neighborhood of homesteaders who would be Independent (a key word) but would be inclined to cooperate (a key word) with one another for mutual benefit. As the idea has been gestating in forum discussions it seems to have moved toward becoming more of a religious commune. Owning land together, building community buildings or churches, restricting ownersâ rights to sell their land, making rules, etc. The idea of purchasing a large tract of land to be divided (and separately deeded) has some appeal. It would reduce per acre cost and put people close together. Beyond that I see little advantage -- but I also see pitfalls. Already there is concern about what parcel to buy and how to divide the land and decide who gets what parcels. Being in close proximity to one another would be a real advantage in some ways. But, is there such a thing as being too close, too intimately associated? Are independence and individual freedom sacrificed? At what point Is conformity to groupthink required? Community spirit and good neighbor attitudes can exist without a âHomeowners Associationâ patterned after condominiums and gated communities; and without more rules piled on top of the already oppressive regulations and restrictions placed on private property ownership by existing government -- we don't need more. As the idea has developed it is tending toward becoming something far different than a neighborhood of homesteaders who are inclined to cooperate with one another. It is becoming something that is of no interest to me. I encourage those who want to develop a commune to do so. That system of âtogethernessâ appeals to some people. Likewise, those who want to develop a religion-based community are encouraged to go in those directions. My wife and I would not feel welcome or comfortable in a community of religious conformity. If anyone favors the concept of individual freedom and who would simply like to have good neighbors, please PM or email (email@example.com) and letâs share some thoughts along those lines.