Anarres Two Cooperative Community

Imlay, Nevada, United States

  • Last updated: April 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: November 19, 2010

Mission Statement

To demonstrate the viability of democratic, voluntary, cooperative socialism. But the details of exactly how the community will function will be worked out by the participants.

Community Description

I’m interesting in a forming a cooperative community based on a voluntary, egalitarian and democratic form of socialism (like a kibbutz) but which allows the members as much personal freedom as possible (people have choices, and they don’t have to agree on every little detail).

For now, the community is just a primitive camping cooperative (with one member who is rarely there). The easiest way to set up group ownership would be as a company with shareholders, but it would actually be a member owned cooperative. Zoning restricts us to one building or mobile home, which would probably serve as a community building, but since the land is zoned for agriculture/mining/recreation, a dormitory for farm workers (us) would also be possible, apparently. Currently the land is completely undeveloped, with no access to any utilities. The next major improvement would be a well (our neighbor to the west recently had one successfully installed).

At some point, we could try to develop cooperative, worker-owned businesses. I’d like to see it organized so that people could work the number of hours they choose (with some minimum), and then the profits would be shared according to hours worked. You could also work outside the community and share part of your income.

Ursula K. LeGuin wrote about a highly evolved form of such a community in her science fiction novel “The Dispossessed”. Anarres Two would not be an attempt to exactly recreate the society depicted on the planet Anarres in her book, but it’s an interesting vision of a non-hierarchical, cooperative society that can act as an inspiration (and as a warning about things that can go wrong). Cooperative communities like the Zionist kibbutzes and the Anabaptist Hutterite communities have been successful, but they are fairly rigid in their structure and ideology, while Marxist-Leninist states are clearly undemocratic and oppressive. At the other extreme, counter-cultural communes tend to lack a clear focus or long-term vision. I’d like to try to strike a balance.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2025
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://anarres2.wordpress.com
  • Contact Name: Edwin Stamm
  • Community Address:
    King’s View Road
    Imlay, Nevada, 89418
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 19 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    Plan is for community ownership of land and housing through shares in a cooperative/corporation. Solar or wind power will need to be developed eventually, as there is no affordable access to conventional power. Wind and sun are available in abundance. A well and septic system will also be needed.

    The community is not a marketer, renter or seller of housing, but intends to provide housing for the workers/members of a cooperative, worker-owned business at some point in the future, in the form of worker housing, in compliance with local zoning regulations.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    You can email me for directions, but it’s a bit hard to find and get to, the land is completely undeveloped and there is usually no one there. I aspire to be there every year for a couple of weeks during the summer, so that is the best time to visit. Check the website for dates. If you just need a free place to camp, I suggest Water Canyon National Rec Area just southeast of Winnemucca. They have trees, restrooms and, sometimes, a creek!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Email and discuss. Then, visit the site and, ideally, meet on the land. After one year of prospective membership, you can become a full member if you like, with the approval of a majority of the current members. Members can camp on the land whenever they like, but camping is possibly limited to 30 days per year (that’s per person I would assume) by the zoning laws (if I understand them correctly). The land is zoned mining/agriculture/recreation, and camping would seem to be a recreational use, but zoning laws are not always logical.

  • Additional Comments:

    Spiritual practices: respect for others, helping those in need, doing good, avoiding evil, being at peace

Government

  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Well, at first it’s just me, so I’m the “leader” for now, but that is intended to be temporary.

    When there are 4 members or less, voting is by shares (amount invested in the community). Members get the same number of “votes” on an issue as they have dollars invested. When membership is 5+, decisions will be made by a super-majority (3/5?) regardless of the amount of investment of each member.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $500
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $10
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Regarding required labor hours, when you’re on the land, you should try to leave it better than you found it. 10hrs./week is a suggestion.

    Members buy shares when they join as a full member ($500), which are refunded by the community if you leave. Everyone would pay the monthly contribution to cover property taxes, improvements, etc. and this will likely increase as the community develops.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: 0%, or close to 0%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Outbuilding(s)
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Smoking is really bad for your health, and probably dangerous in such a dry environment. Smokers would be accepted, but you’d probably be encouraged to quit.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Fair Housing Laws

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Keywords

cooperative community, socialist, utopian socialist, democratic socialist, communitarian socialism