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UnMeilleurReve
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This is what I mean by demographics.

1) What do we ideally want our commune/micronation/intentional community's demographics to look like? Male to female is an important one to consider because gender identity as a social construct has been thoroughly integrated into us for... well, our entire lives. Others include politics (if we're here having this discussion, we must be somewhere near the same page, so I'm not too worried), ethnicity (I don't think this should cause any problems unless everybody is racist?), age, etc. The only thing I have to say in regards to this is that we should go for a somewhat equivalent male to female ratio. If our group is down to 10 as the current limit, then we shouldn't have to worry about cliques too much (I hope...).


2) What does the surrounding countryside's demographics look like and how will that affect us or our interactions with our neighbors? Are we surrounded by a bunch of conservative, mean-spirited hicks? Are we amidst the rural hippy bastion of Iowa? Are we surrounded by a bunch of bible-thumping christians from the deep south? Who are we dealing with and how much do we want to interact with them? Should our outreach extend into community building?

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3) What sort of demographics would we like to promote, see, or recruit in the communes we will hopefully be helping found and interacting with?



Things to consider for all three, some more than others: Age, Sex, Ethnicity, Origin, Politics, Religion, Lifestyle, and probably more.
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tuffenoughtorock
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Well, let's see...Politically, Iowa is a "swing state".  The majority of the population is white and Protestant, with Roman Catholic coming in a close second and non-religious being third.  Age is primarily between 18 and mid 40's (with males making up about 50% of the population) and over 90% are white.  I haven't noticed too many race issues although, statistically, Iowa is the number one growing state for KKK clans at the moment.  
 The high school graduation rate is roughly 90%.  As far as social interactions, I'm not familiar with Eastern Iowa so I can't tell you how people behave there.  I've noticed in general that Iowans normally stick to themselves, are private people, and are pretty friendly, although a majority tend to be "old-fashioned".  It is also said that Iowa is 10 years behind all of the other states (I'm not sure of the specifics of why, I don't get out of Iowa much).

If I come up with anything else I'll post it.
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oh great were gonna get firebombed by teh kkk...
well... electric fence and potato cannons make douchbags leave...
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Don't forget shotguns and rock salt. Very Happy
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kno3 hurts more than rock salt when it gets in a cut  Razz   Twisted Evil

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Why would we get fire bombed by the KKK.  For gardening?
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UnMeilleurReve
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lol. No, for starting a commune.

Communism bad! White anglo-saxon protestants good!
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yea, thats what i was thinking, it seemed kind of obvious...

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I have yet to see any Nazis here, so I think we're ok. Laughing
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lawl, darn i wanted to test out the damage a 870 fps potato can do to human flesh...



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