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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In this careful and robust examination of all of the evidence currently available, economist Virginie Pérotin compares the performance of worker cooperatives to that of conventional capitalist firms.


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The growth of inequality over decades is due to the ability of those at the top and those at the very top to capture a large portion of the growing surplus. But there has also been a change in the nature of that inequality in recent years, at least for those at the top—which is not due to escalating wage inequality, but to a boom in income from the ownership of stocks and bonds. They’ve now joined the ranks of the “coupon clippers,” who are able to use their accumulated wealth to get their share of the surplus.

The owners of capital at the very top are mirroring the structure of inequality last seen during the first Gilded Age.


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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin may not be worried, but we should be. Workers will continue to suffer unless and until they have a say in how robots and the resulting surplus are utilized.



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