All Things Co-op: The Rochdale Principles as a whole


The Rochdale principles should really be seen as a set, they all intertwine and relate to one another creating a web of interlaced necessities. What would an economy look like that would embody these principles in all businesses?

This week Kevin, Larry and Cinar discuss the Rochdale Principles as a whole, after their deep dive into each separate principle.

To review, the principles are as follows: 

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training, and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Learn more about these principles on the website of the International Cooperative Alliance and the ICA's Guidance Notes to the Co-operative Principles.

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  • Daniel Rhodes
    commented 2020-06-19 14:54:29 -0400
    Thank you very much for your podcast, Kevin, Larry and Cinar.  I really enjoyed it.  As a response, I want to say that it is of utmost importance that we also explain in detail exactly how a worker-owned economy can replace U.S state capitalism. With that said, how can such a democratic socialist economy be established? First, U.S labor unions, such as the AFL-CIO, UAW, and the Teamsters, must create a worker-controlled economy for its union members.  For example, these labor unions must use the money that they would normally give to the Democratic Party to buy farms, grocery stores, apartment complexes, homes, and child care facilities, and then sell their food, housing, and child care at the cost of production to its members.  If these labor unions did that, Kevin, Larry and Cinar, the results would truly be revolutionary.  Indeed, union membership would skyrocket because millions of America’s unorganized workers would join the previously mentioned labor unions to reduce their cost of living. Second, this worker-controlled economy would financially starve U.S state capitalism because America’s working class would no longer buy goods and services in the private sector.  Third, the labor unions previously mentioned could create their own Workers’ Party to manage their worker-owned economy to ensure that their socialist production and distribution of goods and services reach each of their union members living throughout the United States.  With that said, Kevin, Larry and Cinar, how can we persuade the leadership of the labor unions mentioned above to create such a worker-owned economy? First, we must convince the rank and file of these labor unions that creating a worker-owned economy is much more effective at improving their quality of life than giving money to the Democratic Party. Second, we must convince them to put ‘building a worker-owned economy’ on their labor union’s ballot as a referendum. Third, we must convince them that voting for this referendum and thus liberating themselves from capitalist exploitation is the only way to humanize their labor and free themselves from oppression. In conclusion, thank you very much, Kevin, Larry and Cinar, for reading this proposal and if you would like to discuss this further with me, please let me know.   
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