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Young musicians living in a shared community in Amsterdam.

A commune (the French word appearing in the 12th century from Medieval Latin communia, meaning a large gathering of people sharing a common life; from Latin communis, things held in common)<ref>Communes of France</ref> is an intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, and, in some communes, work and income and assets. In addition to the communal economy, consensus decision-making, non-hierarchical structures and ecological living have become important core principles for many communes. Andrew Jacobs of The New York Times wrote that, contrary to popular misconceptions, "most communes of the '90s are not free-love refuges for flower children, but well-ordered, financially solvent cooperatives where pragmatics, not psychedelics, rule the day."<ref name='NYTimes 1998-11-29'>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> There are many contemporary intentional communities all over the world, a list of which can be found at the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC).<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

For the usually larger-scale, political entities in communist political theory, see socialist communes, which are similar but distinct social organizations.


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