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Friday, April 18, 2008

Ron Paul supporters plan West Texas commune

by Matt Bramanti | 04/18/2008 7:00 am | Alert moderator


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, 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]

37 Responses to “Ron Paul supporters plan West Texas commune”

  1. David Benzion Says:


  2. american woman Says:

    It’s a huge undertaking in an unforgiving land. Good luck to them.

  3. David Benzion Says:

    Will the compound have a tattoo parlor?

  4. little mike Says:

    Shades of Atlas Shrugged..

  5. redraider95 Says:

    Where is the water going to come from to keep there grass green?

  6. tedtam Says:

    Get them all in one place….and let the illegals run over ‘em.

  7. The Dude Says:

    #4 LM,

    If you can get past the fact that the quoted Paulvillains don’t really sound anything like John Galt or Dagny Taggart, yeah… I suppose.

  8. David Benzion Says:

    In Paulville, will fire melt steel?

  9. David Benzion Says:

    Commander of Paulistine’s First Marine Division.

  10. headshaker Says:

    Rumor has it that DJ is the frontrunner for Mayor ;)

  11. raiderdav Says:

    Has anyone thought of the prospect of using a composting toilet? These seem to have come a long way and require NO WATER and it turns your excrement into a rich mulch. This is what I am planning on using in my earthship.

    Wow. Those West Texas skies in the pictures are tempting, but my earthship will remain in the 713.

  12. FourAlarm Says:

    #3 Wow. My date from last night. And here I was thinking I’d never see them again.

  13. Adee Says:

    Dr. Strangelove exhumed I see.

  14. Kyle Says:

    It’s interesting that the banner for shows beautiful green pastures in the shadow of the purple mountains majesty. I’ve traveled through West Texas quite a few times, and have rarely seen such lush grasslands anywhere near that area. And if you look at the satellite images Matt referenced in his post, there doesn’t appear to be much greenery around the neighborhood of Paulville, unless you head north-northeast to the irigated circle crops surrounding Dell City. And yet, according to the website this grassy paradise is the view looking east from the Paulville community.

    Seems like there’s a little false advertising going on here…

  15. hamous Says:

    The goal of it to establish gated communities containing 100% Ron Paul supporters and or people that live by the ideals of freedom and liberty.

    More proof that Rombies are missing the gene required to detect irony.

  16. southerntragedy Says:

    Some 115 years ago, a group of disillusioned Australians set sail for South America, intent on toiling their way to a new society, in this case, free from avaricious capitalism. Colonia Nueva Australia was duly established in darkest Paraguay. Sadly, rows over leadership and booze quickly sealed the cooperative’s fate.

    Good Luck Paulville!

  17. pimlico Says:

    I think we should be careful not to Ha Ha away some of the REAL freedoms enumerated on Ron Paul’s website. Just because HE may be a little different, doesn’t mean that the principles espoused are not worth keeping. We should resist the temptation to throw under the bus someone who is on our side in some basic principles.

  18. Rastus Says:

    I’m speechless.

  19. LapDancer Says:

    Silly me, I thought this a dream community for Paul McCartney fans. Time to unpack.

  20. hamous Says:

    #17 - I don’t think this post is about Ron Paul. It’s about Ron Paul supporters.

  21. DanielJames Says:

    This idea is nothing new.

  22. hamous Says:

    #21 - That one didn’t seem to catch on. Its been in the works for about eight years and they now have around 500 people in NH. Quite a bit short of their goal of 20,000. I imagine “Paulville” will be less successful.

  23. hamous Says:

    Here’s an idea. The Mayor of Paulville should have one of them money bombs to purchase land and infrastructure.

  24. Robert 1 Says:

    You all know every picture needs captions to better explain what you are looking at. So here is my “Top Ten” list of captions for this picture:

    1) In Paulville, only the “wackos” need apply.

    2) Yes, our commune will be “clothes optional”.

    3) What makes you think this is just another “Whitewater” deal??

    4) Yes, I had a “close encounter” with the “truth” but I was able to defeat it.

    5) Yes, I’ve elected myself “Dictator For Life”.

    6) Yes, in Paulville there will be no taxes, only fees.

    7) I will be introducing some new concepts into our culture that I will call “Paulisms”.

    8) No, I am not “Dr. Strangelove”, I’m Dr. Ron Paul.

    9) In Paulville, seeing UFO’s will not be unusual.

    10) In Paulville, the wackier you are, the higher the office you will achieve.

    Here try these!!!

  25. Ghost Rider Says:

    They’ve already compromised their principles by using government-built highways to get there.

  26. LizBV Says:

    There are places advertised as peaceful communities for old people where birds sing sweet songs every day, the sun always shines and there is not a care in the world as you circle the drain. Why not a Paulville?

  27. Katfish Says:

    DJ for Mayor of Paulville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Mr. Mayor please remember to haul a BUNCH of irrigation pipe to your new ‘city’ if you ever expect to see anything green there!)

  28. RickG Says:

    I’ll bet there are 400-plus people in Dell City who just can’t wait.

  29. wfish Says:

    I’m calling ‘Two Men & a Truck’! How far is it? Oh, wait, that may be too far out for me.

  30. Shannon Says:

    Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

  31. american woman Says:

    #26 I’m with Liz on this one. Let them try this. If it works, wonderful. If they need to compromise some of their ideas to make it work, so be it. It’s an adventure and an experiment. Since there is a town there, I assume they have water. That is their #1 priority. The land looks harsh. I admire those who act on their ideas, and don’t just spout.

  32. bob42 Says:

    I admire those who act on their ideas, and don’t just spout.

    Me too, and I wish them the best.

  33. hamous Says:

    Fitty bucks says that the good citizens of Dell City will be forced to subsidize Paulville’s water system so that the separatists can “live by the ideals of freedom and liberty.”

  34. hamous Says:

    Assuming this turns into something other than a pipe dream of a few disappointed Rombies. Not likely.

  35. The Dude Says:

    Every Ronulan Down in Paulville Liked Pocket Constitutions a lot…
    But the Peden, Who lived just north of Paulville, Did NOT!
    The Peden hated Pocket Constitutions! He thought them to be treason!
    Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

  36. hamous Says:

    Excellent, Dude!

  37. Henri Says:

    I wish them all lots of luck,I’m glad to see that there are still some Americans that want to keep there freedoms. (From a grand mother of 9)

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