With the recent news coming out of Eldorado, I know what you’re thinking: The one thing rural Texas desperately needs is another compound full of out-of-state misfits with wacky views.
Well, you’re in luck. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Paulville:
This month has seen the first meeting of the shareholders in a fledgling community development planned in rural Texas, to be comprised exclusively of Paul’s supporters. It is to be called Paulville.
The gated settlement will house freedom-loving folk, living unbound by the shackles of planning regulations. Its founders hope that when complete, it will inspire further Paulvilles around America and, in their own words, “literally change the world, one community at a time”.
Necessity dictates that the community will function on a cooperative basis, albeit with the ability for households to opt out. The idea is that the option not to access communal utilities, such as electricity, will ensure that its founding individualist principles remain unsullied.
You read that right — it’s a libertarian commune. The 500-acre site is located south of Dell City (population 413), a speck about an hour east of El Paso. Here’s a map and here are some photos of the lovely site.
According to Paulville.org, the community will be (dis)organized as a residential co-op:
The process is forming a co-op of people buying shares in the community and these people would be granted land use at a minimum of 1 acre per share, for as long as they homesteaded the land. The community would be privately held by the co-op to establish private property for the general community thus preserving the community is 100% freedom and liberty lovers.
Ah yes, the American dream — holding an undivided interest in a salt flat, and turning it into an insane asylum.
For more, let’s hear from some real, live Paulvillains:
My long term goal is to live on Mars and travel freely about the Solar System. To get near that goal, I believe that I need to live in a free country, and have other free countries around in which to do business. So, you know, the USA as currently organized is really not to my taste.
i am currently a student, and do odds and ends on computers to get by - i do things like install wireless internet systems. i’d have to see how well that transports to paulville tx.
Yes we are outside of the city limits, that means..No building codes at all!!!!! when they say unrestricted apparently they mean it Thats great news for us alternative home builders in the bunch.
Wow. Do you have any suggestions for the Paulvillains as they build their mothership in the badlands of West Texas?
[Hat-tip: Clotille the Lawyer, who is up for an LST Tipster Lifetime Achievement Award]
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