Forming Formed: 2010
This page last updated:3/6/2013
Anarres Two Cooperative Community
(proposed location, open to other suggestions)
Iím 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 donít have to agree on every little detail). The location has not been decided yet.
There are many possible ways to organize such a community, and it would probably evolve over time.
Initially, I imagine this would start out as shared ownership of a piece of land (we could legally set this up as a worker owned cooperative, or as a company with shareholders). Then we'd build a community building with basic amenities (or at least put in a communal source of water and electricity, showers/toilets). Housing could then either be constructed cooperatively or arranged individually (at first this might be like a campground). Then we'd try to develop cooperative 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 ďThe DispossessedĒ. Anarres 2 would not be an attempt to exactly recreate the society depicted on the planet Anarres in her book, but itís 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 coercive and oppressive. At the other extreme, counter-cultural communes tend to lack a clear focus or shared goal. I'd like to try to strike a balance.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:3/6/2013
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Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: Members should share a democratic socialist or cooperativist political outlook.
Members(adults and children):
(my wife is not keen on this idea)
By majority rule
(maybe a super majority (75%)?)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Partial income sharing
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(members would buy shares when joining, which could be sold when leaving)
(initially, to cover shared expenses like utilities and property taxes)
Land and Buildings
Land Owned By:
(through shares in a worker coop or company (proposed))
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We would like to grow a large %)
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(a drink or two with dinner)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(respect for others, helping those in need, doing good, avoiding evil, being at peace)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(at least at first)
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Current editor(s): GhostofSouchy
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