Anarres 2 cooperative community

November 30, 2012

The Hutterites

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 1:32 pm

I’ve been doing some research on the Hutterites recently. They are an Anabaptist Christian sect similar to the Mennonites, Amish, etc. except that they live and work communally, and have been very successful at it for almost 500 years – if you don’t count the many times they have had to flee persecution for being heretics and pacifists. What I have in mind is a secular, democratic, non-sexist version of what the Hutterites are doing, but I don’t think we should raise mammals for meat, and I think that agriculture is not likely to be our main source of income, unless we attract someone with experience doing large scale farming. I’m not technically a pacifist either, but I don’t believe in using violence except as a last resort in self-defence, when it’s strategically a wise option.

By the way, the article below doesn’t mention this, but pacifists in Canada have been persecuted, too. And I think their name is pronounced “Hut-er-ites” not “Hoot-er-ites” (an all male sect which worships scantily clad waitresses).

Article on the Hutterites:  http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/hutterites

I’d like to set the community up as a cooperative, in which each member would buy a share to help cover the cost of land and infrastructure. If someone decides to leave, they could sell their share back to the community. I’d like to keep the cost of shares low enough so that most people could afford them ($3,000?), and we could work out payments over time if that still was unaffordable. As far as housing goes, I envision a community building with utilities, and then people building their own low-cost housing units with help from the other members of the community (my plan is to make a home out of those large straw bales, parked next to one another). We’d have to attract several members before we would have enough capital to build the community building, unless we find some land with a home already on it. Decisions about the community would be made democratically by the members (or we could require a 2/3 or 3/4 majority). Economic activity would involve both subsistence agriculture (gardening, raising chickens or fish, etc.) and some kind of cooperative enterprises to produce marketable goods or services (which would require building or renting a workshop, bakery, cafe, or whatever we decide to do). The profits from these enterprises would be shared on the basis of hours worked on any community projects (divide total profit by total hours worked, and pay each member a share according to the hours they worked).

Still scouting for a location…..

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7 Comments »

  1. Will this community be confined religiously in any way? I’m interested in this type of concept but I don’t like the idea of belonging to a group of a particular theism.

    Comment by Colton Mobsby — January 9, 2013 @ 6:46 am

  2. Hi Colton,

    No, it would be a secular community, but everyone would be free to pursue their own spiritual beliefs. It could be argued that socialism is a religious concept (the deity being worshipped being the non-elite classes). But I’m not a Leninist, Maoist or Stalinist, and I don’t consider democratic socialism to be a fundamentalist theology like Leninism.

    Comment by Ed — January 9, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  3. I could not have asked for a A more positive reply. Thank you. I was also wondering about any potential Policies concerning the use of marajuana.

    Comment by Colton Mobsby — January 14, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    • I’m considering this as a opportunity to write about and apply social psychology; With minimum requirements outside of what needs to be as far as communal development.

      Comment by Colton Mobsby — January 14, 2013 @ 1:52 am

      • Needs to be done*

        Comment by Colton Mobsby — January 14, 2013 @ 2:18 am

    • Regarding marijuana (and laws in general) if it’s legal, it’s ok. If it’s not legal, then it’s not ok. I wouldn’t want to put the community at risk – if one person gets caught, the authorities could seize the land and everything on it!

      Comment by Ed — January 14, 2013 @ 2:43 am

  4. Of course, that’s in the U.S., unless you are a major bank involved in laundering millions of dollars in drug money, in which case you are “too big to jail”.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/12/18/too_big_to_jail_execs_avoid_laundering_charges/

    And if you’re a politician, you can get away with war crimes:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/31/obama-justice-department-immunity-bush-cia-torturer

    Only the “little people” go to jail in the U.S.

    Comment by Ed — January 16, 2013 @ 12:19 pm


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