Food: $7,203, which can be further broken down into $4,049 of food at home and $3,154 on food away from home.
Alcoholic beverages: $484.
Housing: $18,886, which includes mortgage payments or rent, property taxes, maintenance, utilities, household services and products, furnishings and appliances. On a monthly basis, this implies that the average household spends $1,573 on all of these expenses combined.
Apparel and services: $1,803.
Transportation: $9,049. In addition to the cost of vehicles, this includes gasoline, finance charges, maintenance, insurance and public transportation expenses.
Health care Co-Pay: $4,612, which includes the cost of health insurance, medical services, prescription drugs as well as other medical supplies. (Employer Pay another $14,000)
Entertainment: $2,913. This includes in-home entertainment costs, as well as outside-the-home entertainment ventures. Certain other expenses, such as your pets, are included here.
Personal care products and services: $707.
Tobacco products and supplies: $337.
Cash contributions (charity, for example): $2,081.
Personal insurance and pensions: $6,831. The largest expense in this category is Social Security payroll tax, but life insurance premiums and pension contributions are also included.
Personal taxes: $10,489, which includes the average household's $8,367 federal income tax bill, as well as state and local income taxes.
Total Pre-tax Household Income: $74,664
Dave Burton wrote:
I am thinking that the independent-consensus-dictator hybrid that Paul talks about his podcasts (037 and 042) would be the model I would be most comfortable with. I appreciate the dynamic nature and effectiveness that comes with the model as Paul has been describing it. Most people can do what they within the rules set forward, and they bring up issues with the people they think will object and work it out separately without invoking consensus. then, when consensus is needed it gets invoked. And when trouble happens or stuff needs to get sorted out that consensus has trouble handling, the dictator steps in and sets everything back into order. I think this model is what I would be able to live within most comfortably and effectively. I would get the benefit of small group dynamics and being able to do my own things independently, which mostly how I like to do things and how I like to interact with people. I'd probably be a little annoyed or shy when consensus is invoked, because I do not handle large groups of people well. And a dictator is something I could probably be okay with, too.
One detail which may seem trivial to some, but not to me. Possibly due to the sensory issues of autism, I can only wear clothes for so long before they become torment. So I would have to have the freedom not to wear clothes when that becomes necessary. I would, of course, not judge others in this regard, either. I understand PPE; but I also see people frequently wearing more "protective" clothing than they actually need.
Nicole Alderman wrote:This is totally a DREAM ecovillage. It doesn't have to be very realistic! Who would you have in your ecovillage? Where would it be? How would it operate?
S. Bengi wrote:an eco-village is all about the human side of stuff and less about building the soil/swales
Jason Hernandez wrote:When in all of history has there ever been a benevolent dictator? Dictators are humans, and humans have egos, and if a human with an ego was in a position of supreme power, how many have the moral fortitude to resist the temptation to use power in the service of ego?
Jason Hernandez wrote:Would there be differences in material status? If so, would there be a limit to how big a gap there can be between top and bottom?
Ok. 20 of these hamlet circles around a central area of the woodlot coppice of feral, domestic and wild forest types and meadows, and all surrounded by a further ring of the same forest type systems or Zone 4/5 wilderness. :)
Robert is warm. Very warm. Think bigger scale. Much bigger.
If people start loitering in front of my house on the side walk I would feel uneasy