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  1. fjwhite November 13, 2012 at 9:55 am |

    Speaking of capitalism, what difference, if any, will the galloping growth of cooperatives and worker-owned businesses have on a capitalist system currently dominated by rapacious financials and multinationals?

    See, for example, these two re-posts on my blog –

    “Amazing International Co-op Summit in Quebec: Explores ways to exploit failures of global economic system, and more” — October 24, 2012 — http://citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/amazing-international-co-op-summit-in-quebec-explores-ways-to-exploit-failures-of-global-economic-system-and-more/

    “Employee ownership offers alternative to unions and a real solution for workers and communities” – Posted March 27, 2012 — “At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks and big business, the economic crisis and growing inequality in our country, employee ownership offers a real solution for workers and communities.” http://citizenactionmonitor.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/employee-ownership-offers-alternative-to-unions-and-a-real-solution-for-workers-and-communities/

    1. ConsumerTrap November 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm |

      Coops can work in many ways under many larger arrangements. If we don’t gain control over the commanding heights of economic decision-making and policy, coops won’t matter much. If we do, they could be awesome. The answer isn’t internal to coops themselves.

      1. fjwhite November 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm |

        Thanks for the reply. Two follow-up questions occur to me: What are the chances of gaining control over the commanding heights of economic decision-making and policy? And who will wrest this control from the current captains of capitalism?

        And I really don’t expect answers to these questions.

        1. ConsumerTrap November 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

          The chances are 47. 82%. ;-)

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