The Full Participation Economy: The Worker Cooperative as a Bulwark against Social Exclusion [Part IV]

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Today's excluded populations, particularly the formerly incarcerated and disadvantaged workers, suffer repeated exclusion from the workplace or exploitation when employed, which only serves to increase recidivism. WSDEs are a viable solution especially since all employees are included in the democratic decision making of the company. Workers also benefit from the experience of solidarity while working within a structure committed to equality and mutual support.

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Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Changed Debate

This article originally appeared at Truthout.org

Once again, private capitalism's contradictions, flaws and weaknesses threaten its own existence. Two major global collapses -- first in the 1930s and more recently, since 2008 -- plus periodic downturns every few years have underscored the instability that haunts the system. At the same time, deepening inequality has 

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The Gender Agenda: Presidential Election 2016

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There was a crucial socio-political message in the radically different gender agendas evident in the 2016 presidential election. Dr. Harriet Fraad breaks down the stark differences between all three of the main actors who were serious final contenders on the presidential stage: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

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Economic Update: The Critique of Mass Media

On this week's Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on Maggie's Farm, John Lewis coop in UK, Trudeau on Castro, economics of immigration, Deutschland Bank and...

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The Full Participation Economy: Viable Models — Looking Abroad and in the US [Part III]

CT-_Full_Part._Econ..pngThis is Part III of a five-part series on worker-directed cooperatives as an autonomous community self-development tool.

Founded in 1956, the Mondragon worker cooperative, located in the Basque region of Spain, now employs over 75,000 people in 257 different businesses. Italy's Emilia Romana region has a high density of WSDEs due to favorable laws that support the formation of cooperative enterprises. And the United States has an increasing number of WSDEs, some of which date back to the 1970s.

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