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Cooperatives and Community Work Are Part of American DNA


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Michael
- 698 days ago - truth-out.org
There Article on history of Coops is right on track. It offers 2 ways to go forward; acting locally by building Coops, and protesting the things we do not like that the powers are doing. Corporate Empire must end before many things are ever fixed.



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Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:27 am
Bravo Michael. I've lived on a coop and can say that it is a lovely way to live your life with little stress and shared commitments and responsibility. No, it isn't communism - it's mutual care. This way of life has suddenly taken a dive all over the world and it's not been a good development for people's emotional health or their financial well-being. Thanks for posting.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:32 am
noted, thank you Michael
 

Danny M. (90)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:37 am
Noted. Thank you Michael!
 

Arild Warud (170)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:43 am
I'm a Norwegian Social-democrat and content with thwe way Norway distributes it's wealth,free health service,a free press and the worlds largest pension fund + stable political power.
Thanks Michael.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:51 am
Arild, what's the feelings about the euro-zone up there? Its sounding so me that that and America's Fed only want to invest in profiting from wars. They say here in Belgium it took a 5-1 hit on its money when the euro was set up. There don't sound like any easy way out, but we all know that saying about "it" being worth it.
 

Arild Warud (170)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:05 am
Michael,Norway is not part of the Eurozone,thanks God,with the strong economy we have a lot of investors strenghten our currency.Norway has a lot of oil,natural gas,fish and cheap renewable electric power.
(Since I'm living in Portugal I clearly benefit from that since Norway is paying my pension)
 

Vicki P. (124)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:28 am
Noted with thanks Michael
 

. (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:28 am
noted with thanks, Michael, for the posting!
 

Penny C. (80)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:34 am
Thanks Michael.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:29 am
Thanks for this Mr. Mike.
 

Bob P. (421)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:44 am
Thanks Michael
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:53 am
Thank you Michael for the wonderful article. I hope others will take the time to read.

The first line states it very clearly "There is so much in US history that has been hidden or mythologized that ignorance is more common than knowledge even among the best informed."

Isn't that the Truth!

As with the history of the original inhabitants of North America, so much has been hidden or mythologized that the ignorance is more common, even among The Peoples decendants let alone the children of those whose ancestors arrived upon these shores by boats.

Native societies, redistributed wealth to gain respect, and those who hoarded were detested, they upheld a strong communal ethic that had to be obliterated and replaced with the greed, ceaseless exploitation of the self in order to fuel capitalist expansion. However that concept isn't taught in the history books so a new generation would be in that understanding. The masses get a quick flash brush over of the historical when it concerns the first inhabitants of North America.

The old saying, "those who do not know and understand their history are doomed to repeat" is the reason that this history is kept from us. That we repeat that which works for the few and not the masses and that we don't learn the information that is best for the masses and doesn't work for the few greedy.

The "few" are in hopes that without the masses knowledge of history the same mistakes will be repeated, as did happen with the "Horse and Sparrow" economics that in it's latest incarnation is now called the "Trickle Down" economics.

Keeping actual history in the dark benefits not the masses but the "few" who want to keep control of the masses. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who dig out this hidden history and expose it to the light of more eyes and the ears who will listen. The people must take their power back and they do this by living in every day cooperative life.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:03 am
Another one of those great article, trying to boost the hopeless and spreading inspiration and hope, thanks Michael! "We have it in our power to begin the world over again."-if only this phrase would be put into practice.
The problem in the US to me seems to be the current legislation (NDAA above all!) that attempts to kill all uprising and movements to achieve this better world at the very root.
Why can't people and govts. finally realise that the sheer capitalism they adored for so long was/is a FAILED EXPERIMENT. Lack of social justice will always lead to destruction and war.
 

Michela m. (3955)
Monday January 28, 2013, 7:54 am
Noted!!
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:01 am
Dandelion's comments above are spot on.

Remember what you were taught in your schools about economics, capitalism, socialism and so on.
Most of us were "brainwashed" into thinking that capitalism was the desired model and way of living.

Ty, Michael.
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tas away m. (338)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:11 am
Noted. Never underestimate the power of a focused group no matter how small,or weak they may seem.
Remember the American revolution, and all other David and Goliath analogies.
 

Mike S. (86)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:33 am
Noted and thank you Michael.
 

Sandi C. (217)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:35 am
noted, michael.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:48 am
A major problem I run across in "talks' about solutions is people will defend to death ideologies that have run their course. Hell, have commented on a Milton Friedman video about the $23 Billion a year Mondragon Cooperative, and get fed back it won't last because Spain funds it which it does not. Whatever. I guess things don't get fixed until they are broke, well soon enough the way the elite are heading, the elite will be destroyed by breaking everyone and everything else on the way. But I know Cooperatives are springing up around the States, which will be a solid foundation to build out of the mess.
 

Beth FS (149)
Monday January 28, 2013, 9:50 am
Thank you for the interesting post Michael, noted. As I don't see any hope for the current system, I wish I lived in Norway and I am Canadian. Our Prime minister Stephen Harper is just another Bush wanna be and is selling Canada right out from underneath our feet.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:27 am

I absolutely believe this is the path to changing our country and equally changing the world. When we act for communal interest over private enterprise, we find real and lasting answers. This is the road to a free and fair future, we need but have the courage to reach out.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Monday January 28, 2013, 10:47 am
It is very important to work FOR something rather than just protest the status quo. I haven't read the book yet, but it sounds like the focus is in the right place. Thanks very much, Michael, for being on the side of the positive.
 

Dave C. (227)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:46 pm
thank you!!! I have always thought this even if our nation doesn't always act like it....thanks, michael, for all the things you share with us all.....
 

Larry D Grazier (1407)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:46 pm
Nted...Larry Grazier
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:47 pm
Thanks, Michael...cooperatives are the best way to live for a sustainable future. I loved Dandelion's comment, but am out of stars. *I'm sorry I'm unable to send a star to Dandelion since I sent one in the past week.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday January 28, 2013, 1:49 pm
Thank you for the article.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Monday January 28, 2013, 2:41 pm
Great Vonnegut quote!:) Thanks for the article too!
 

Mariette G. (152)
Monday January 28, 2013, 3:12 pm
Noted, thanks Michael!
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday January 28, 2013, 4:17 pm
Thanks.
 

Joe R. (190)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:22 pm
Thanks Michael.
 

Aurea Walker (216)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:37 pm
Dear dandelion you are the BEST, your comments are always well thought out, logical and empathetic without a hidden agenda! I also cannot send you the stars you are so meritricous of so how about 100&1 thanks for all you do. ;) ah what the heck. Here goes **************************
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:38 pm
Thank you my dear. I send this back xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
 

Agnes N. (717)
Monday January 28, 2013, 5:48 pm
Thanks Michael...
 

Michael Carney (212)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:16 pm
Noted...Thanks for the great article, Michael...
 

Lyn Z. (290)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:25 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael = Your article is spot-on
 

Winn Adams (205)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:31 pm
Noted.
 

Kim O. (398)
Monday January 28, 2013, 6:40 pm
Thanks for the great article, Michael!
 

Mary T. (185)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:19 pm
Thanks Michael for the great article is well worth a second read.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
A great post cheers
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:35 pm
noted, thanks!
 

Many Feathers (134)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:28 am
noted Michael
 

Terrie Williams (772)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:23 am
Noted and many thanks, Michael. Like I have said....everything we have been taought or told to believe is a LIE. Always has been. Any American who manages to live for any length of time outside of the US will find it very evident that we have always been propagandized and programmed of, by and for the rich. Yet, under the radar, we have always had a hidden history of helping one another that never or rarely gets told. But.....say it with me peeps...that's GASP...Socialism. Give me Socialism any day of the week compared to this hand-to-mouth Capitalist system of high stress, slow death and dark ignorance.Dawg, how I wish I lived in Finland!!!!!!!! Or even Norway for that matter!
 

Myraida Diaz (127)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:24 am
Thank You for the good article Michael and Thank you for the comment Dandelion! Sending stars.
Noted
 

. (0)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 10:35 am
Thanks for the post, Michael. A few joined together can do so many things
 

LaurenPartTime Kozen (159)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:11 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael.
 

Ms Noting Commentator (21)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:40 am
I am a bit behind in my messaging. I finally got to reading this article.
 

Carmen S. (618)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:20 am
Thanks MIchael for this great article, it shows how people working together can achieve much more than people trying to do it on their own, and that people working together can create the change they wish to create.
 

John Farnham (53)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:47 am
Allow me to inflict a moment of ugliness - and a note from one writer who has been trying to share the orientation on political organization to protect the bounty of nature.
Harsh suppressed history http://www.mtwsfh.blogspot.ca/
I believe these are by the same author for both
http://commodityecology.blogspot.ca/
http://biostate.blogspot.ca/
Personally I find it harder to deal with places like ours, where environmental concerns are diverted to warmist alarmism about nature instead of faith in its proven tendency to diversity and abundance. Mind, I am a hypoctrite about alarmism when faced with those who flog 'rebuilding the Gulf of Mexico' when I believe it has been poisoned and is instead a host to poisonous anaerobic contamination with the ability to permeate skin ... and likely hazmat gear as well.
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:03 am
About the only way I have seen protect Mother Earth, in any real ways, is to take care of Mankind, and when properly informed we will turn Mother Earth around.
 

Jane H. (138)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 8:48 am
Thank you so much Michael!! I am grateful to you for bringing this alternative to us so faithfully!! It is of utmost importance to our economic situation and well-being. It keeps on needing to happen!!!
 

Yvonne F. (177)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:48 am
Great post! Thanks Michael
 
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