Topic of the Week: the Co-operative Movement
Co-operative modes of property, labor, production, distribution, and consumption have been around as long as their hierarchical alternatives. Sometimes anarchists have argued in favor of cooperatives: that the workers are able to own and manage the enterprise, make decisions together as stake-holders, and operate with an emphasis on other values besides competitive profit-making. Other times, cooperatives have been criticized as self-exploitation, reformist, and/or counter-revolutionary. The fact that working for a co-op is still work isn't news to anyone; and, it isn't necessarily better to deal with everyone's bossy side, instead of just one or two bosses. Still, depending on the situation, it could be a more or less worthwhile compromise in a world where "no compromise" isn't always a beneficial position.
This week we're asking that you share your thoughts on, and experiences with co-ops: as workers, as customers, as supporters and/or critics.