We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
How to Start A Worker Co-op
This article deals with the prospects and problems of worker coops better than any other article I have ever read. With the rapid deterioration now unfolding in capitalist controlled economies, there may be no other short term solution to sustaining the lives of working people other than this solution. Argentinians certainly found that to be true.
I certainly don't mean to imply that this method is only short term because capitalism will once again straighten itself out and become a somewhat viable system for working people. There is no shortage of material on the internet that describes the deterioration of economies and the lives of working people under the present system. I simply used "short term" because ultimately the whole society and economy will need to be reorganized along very different principles: something like the principles of Inclusive Democracy.