REI is, in fact, a cooperative owned by its members—much like, say, the Park Slope Food Co-Op, or a credit union, or a kibbutz.
kibbutz Beit Oren ("Home of Pine") was hastily evacuated and went up in flames.
The thing is, what he says about the kibbutz gives us yet more insight into what he thinks about, and how he would run, America.
"Israeli collective settlement," 1931, from Modern Hebrew qibbus "gathering," earlier "a gathering together," verbal noun from root of qibbetz "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim. Related to Arabic quabada "he grasped, seized."
plur. kibbutzim (ki-boot-seem)
A communal farm or settlement in Israel. Kibbutzim have helped build national spirit in Israel, and the residents have transformed barren land into fertile, crop-producing land.