“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.Read more
Residents of the West Bank village of Kafr Ein have established a modest olive oil cooperative to solve immediate economic problems.Read more
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.Read more
Worker-owned enterprises as a key feature of a socialist transition from capitalism.Read more
While Wall Street celebrates yet another stock market record—surpassing 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average—most Americans have little reason to cheer. That’s because they own very little stock and therefore aren’t sharing in the gains. A much better alternative for American workers would be to look toward a radically different model: enterprises that are owned and managed by their employees.Read more
The Greek workers of VIOME took-over their old factory, fought off evictions and collectively occupied auction houses to stop the sell-off of the land they work on. In doing so, they are not just creating a better way of doing work, but also offering hints at more supportive and integrated communities and stronger, less-fractured societies. And they are not alone.Read more
Professor Thomas Lambert chats with us about U.S. worker-owned cooperatives and their decision-making structures. His research, which surveyed about 50 co-ops across the country (there are an estimated 200 to 300 worker-owned cooperatives in the United States) sheds light on some of the underexamined aspects of co-op structures, such as the ratio of managers to workers, and the criteria considered in making investment decisions.Read more
In the face of social and ecological peril, there's a movement that continues to build and resist. This podcast will take you into the heart of it.Read more
An interview with racial justice and labor activist Bill Fletcher Jr. on the phenomenon of right-wing populism, and what it means for an anti-racist left.Read more
To solve the greatest challenges of our time, climate change and inequality, we need an economic system that serves us better. However, beyond identifying and agreeing upon the problem we often stop short at imagining solutions.
The re-imagination of the economy is already in motion. Now it's time for the climate movement to get on board with organizing for a democratically managed and collectively owned economy.Read more