Anarres Two Cooperative Community
Imlay, Nevada, United States
- Last updated: April 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: November 19, 2010
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.
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
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- Website address: http://anarres2.wordpress.com
- Contact Name: Edwin Stamm
- Community Address:
King’s View Road
Imlay, Nevada, 89418
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
- Location: Rural
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%
- 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
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
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