All Things Co-op: Introductions


Hosts Kevin Gustafson and Larry Fenster talk about themselves and why they are collaborating on this new podcast about worker cooperatives.

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  • Bruce Dickson
    commented 2020-10-06 23:07:21 -0400
    Just starting to listen to the series. I sure hope you get out of the past and into worker-owned co-ops quickly. I can’t imagine many younger listeners interested in rehashing definitions and long-dead movements of thought in this field. The pressing issues in 2020 seem to be how do worker-owned co-ops contrast with more familiar food co-ops? and, what kind of mind-set changes are needed to go from food-co-ops (less sharing) to forms with more sharing? Working together enjoyably with people with whom you are like-minded, then becomes the first domino in a sequence of living near oen another, growing food together, etc.
    Also I hope you raise the issue of the obsolete concept of consensus as “100% agreement in a group setting.” The more workable definition, since 2010?, is “the best consensus available.”
  • Liz Phillips
    commented 2019-11-05 08:54:04 -0500
    Hi Martin. I have the following response from ATC host Kevin:

    “I’m not sure to what you refer in your claim about a correspondence between Marx and Lenin, if we did say something to that effect you’re right, it would be a mistake. However, what we are talking about is more the relationship between the ideas of the two men. While certainly Lenin understood Marx, he also had his own insights and applications of Marxism to the Russia he knew. What we wanted to discuss was that interplay and a discussion of where their ideas overlap and where they diverge.”

    And from ATC host Larry:

    “I believe that confusion was my fault. I was thinking of letters between Marx and a Russian Socialist, I believe it was Vera Zasulich, who asked him about the possible revolutionary role of peasants, in particular the MIR, or peasant commune.

    Hope the link is helpful"

    Thank you for your interest in our podcast!
  • Martin Holsinger
    commented 2019-10-31 13:15:50 -0400
    These guys seem to be talking about written correspondence between Marx and Lenin. Marx died when Lenin was 13 years old, and while Lenin was brilliant, I doubt if he was thinking about Marxism before he was in his teens. I think they don’t have their facts right on this? Not a great way to start a podcast that I have great hopes for.
  • Democracy at Work Democracy at Work
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