Religion: All Things Common

When spiritual enthusiasts beat the material world at its own game, is it unfair competition? That is the question laid before South Dakota's Circuit Court for decision last week. The more than 1,500 Hutterites of South Dakota, living on 15 booming communal farms in the fertile valleys of the James and Missouri Rivers, are fighting a law that prohibits them from buying more land. Without more land the Hutterite communities in South Dakota are doomed.

No Kickshaws. Jacob Hutter was a 16th century hatter. In 1533, in Moravia, he organized a group of Christians dedicated to following their conception of New...