Coop Talk

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Interested in contributing to our blog? We are currently accepting content for Coop Talk, a democratic-workplace focused blog of Democracy at Work. We invite you to consume, utilize and share the material provided on Coop Talk, but we also want you to become part of the conversation.
 
Coop Talk is currently accepting submissions that:
  • Reports on the failures of our existing economic system in relation to real solutions;
  • Op-Eds and commentary advocating for worker-owned cooperatives and democratizing the workplace;
  • Scholarly and research-based articles on the economics and political feasibility of worker-owned cooperatives;
  • In-depth multimedia profiles on coops and worker-owned enterprises operating in the U.S. and abroad;
  • Activist reports from d@w-Groups as well as individuals in support of worker-owned cooperatives in their communities;
  • Historical essays about worked-owned enterprises and the international worker cooperative movement.
EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO:
blog@democracyatwork.info

A special thank you to our volunteer editorial team:
 
Paul SlikerEditor
Helen Brandt, Copy Editor
Kayla JonesCopy Editor
George Speckman, Copy editor
Karina Stenquist, Copy editor
 
Interested in volunteering as a copy editor? Email: blog@democracyatwork.info

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“I’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been...drinking out of kegs.” This statement was brought to you by House Speaker Paul Ryan at a National Review conference. The reverie Mr. Ryan has been musing since his youthful fraternity days at Miami University has been to dismantle healthcare for millions of those who rely on programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and now it’s recent expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

But it seems that Mr. Ryan isn’t the only dreamer. Under the new Trump regime the GOP may well come closer to realizing this morbid dream.


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Residents of the West Bank village of Kafr Ein have established a modest olive oil cooperative to solve immediate economic problems.


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Cooperatives can emerge as an important part of a different economic order, an alternative to an establishment order of insecurity and poverty for the many and privilege and wealth for the few. 

In these Trump times of ours, the case for cooperatives is only likely to become more evident and gather steam. The cooperatives movement can emerge in the eyes of an increasing number of people as a way to stop depending on boss and elite classes and to start taking their security and prosperity into their own hands.

Economist Antonio Callari discusses the 'why now,' the 'how' and the 'so-what' of such a movement. 



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