SDF: I don't see why a big enough commune couldn't produce its own medicines -- Cuba, after all, they've got doctors...
Well, a commune THAT BIG would certainly BE SOMETHING.
It would, of course, be a threat to our government.
How long would both co-exist?
Another criticism of commune-sized 'socialism' is the problem of INDUSTRY and job availability.
Most communes like Twin Oaks have only one or two money-producing industries. This means that most of the work available to members is QUITE LIMITED. I think a lot of people leave Twin Oaks because spending a lifetime knitting hammocks is a drag...
Such a socialism NEGATES Marx's vision of the well-rounded individual.