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Worker Co-ops and the American Dream, part 2

Foundations of the American Dream
The term, The American Dream, was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931 in his work, The Epic of America (Adams, 1959; Gupte, 2011; Rank, Hirschl, & Foster, 2014). Adams’ coinage was, perhaps, an attempt to … Continue reading

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Co-operation Isn’t For Everyone. . . (initially)

The radicalism of the cooperative proposal, in face of development, appealing to the economic, personal, communal and integral concourse of its believers, faces the alternative of success or complete failure. Cooperativism requires people with a strong spirit, or … Continue reading

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US Worker Co-ops in 2040?

What should our movement look like in 30 years?
30 years ago, the modern US worker co-operative movement was in its infancy. The Anti-War, Second Wave Feminist and Civil Rights movements were starting to move their way into mainstream society by … Continue reading

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#18 The Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital

“We do not aspire to economic development as an end, but as a means.”
–Don José María Arizmendiarrieta, spiritual founder of Mondragon
This Mondragon principle, in practice, operates more closely to the Identity Statement principle of Member Economic Participation. I included it … Continue reading

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Neo-Syndicalism: A Path Toward Reimagining Socialism

In Barbara Ehrenreich’s groundbreaking essay, “Reimagining Socialism,” which appeared recently in The Nation, she states that we on the Left need a plan, but we don’t have a plan.
Well, I have a plan, albeit a small one.
My plan is something … Continue reading

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#2 Identity: Definition of a Co-operative

The definition of a cooperative is “A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”
Of course, this is the “social” definition determined … Continue reading

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The Ownership Society

October 2, 2006
That was the buzz a few years ago from the White House. They, meaning the kleptocrats and their Wall St. friends, wanted to open up the locked box of Social Security and allow people to “invest” their social … Continue reading

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