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Cooperatives Over Corporations


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Kit
- 1228 days ago - truth-out.org
We're being told by today's High Priests of Conventional Wisdom that everyone and everything in our economic cosmos necessarily revolves around one dazzling star: the corporation.



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Kit B. (276)
Friday February 24, 2012, 3:08 pm
photo credit: (Photo: Tara Herberger.flickr)

We're being told by today's High Priests of Conventional Wisdom that everyone and everything in our economic cosmos necessarily revolves around one dazzling star: the corporation.

This heavenly institution, the HPCW explain, has such financial and political mass that it is the optimal force for organizing and directing our society's economic affairs, including the terms of employment and production. While other forces are in play (workers, consumers, the environment, communities and so forth), they are subordinate to the superior gravitational pull of the corporate order. Profits, executive equanimity and a healthy Wall Street pulse rate are naturally the economy's foremost concerns.

How nice. For the wealthy few. Not nice for the rest of us, though. We're presently seeing the effect of this enthronement of self-serving corporate elites. Millions of Americans are out of work, underemployed and tumbling from the middle class down toward poverty. Yet excessively paid and pampered CEOs (recently rebranded as "job creators" by fawning GOP politicians) are idly sitting on some $2 trillion in cash, refusing to put that enormous pile of money to work on job creation.

The Powers That Be keep us tethered to this unjust system of plutocratic rule only by constantly ballyhooing it as a divine perpetual wealth machine that showers manna on America. Any tampering with the hierarchical control of the finely tuned machinery of trickle-down corporate capitalism, they warn, will cause a collapse and crush American prosperity.
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by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed

Another really good article to read.
 

Vallee R. (264)
Friday February 24, 2012, 6:56 pm
I love the concepts of co-ops but they are being buried by corporations.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday February 24, 2012, 7:04 pm

This is the way WE can screw the corporations - form co-ops in your community, buy food from local growers. Come together as communities to help small or co-op business to grow - don't shop at Big Box stores, buy and shop locally.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 24, 2012, 7:46 pm
The corporation that keeps you scared!

And you're supposed to work in that condition.......

Isn't that called slavery?
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Friday February 24, 2012, 8:46 pm
thanks for sharing
 

Chien Chao (105)
Friday February 24, 2012, 9:04 pm
thank you
 

Sue H. (6)
Friday February 24, 2012, 10:14 pm
Co-ops were a part of my growing up, then they vanished. I'd love to see them back in action.
 

Stelizan L. (258)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 3:27 am
Co-ops is the only way to go - if you don't know about one in your community, get your family/friend/neighbours together and start one! Buy local, support your community's small producers, STAY OUT OF the shops and malls! If you need something, source a local producer/home-based accountant/whatever - if I visit any shop once a year it's once too often!!
 

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 6:07 am
I do my shopping locally and always support the farmers and the co-op here. They are the real job creators!
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:53 am
Tried to send you a star, but I must have sent you one recently. I love the article and what I love even better was your comment. You hit the nail right on the head. Perfect, Kit!
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 7:55 am
I also posted to my FB page. I am sure all of my friends & family will enjoy this article.
 

Terry King (113)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 8:03 am
Marxists!
 

Abdessalam Diab (149)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 8:43 am
Cooperation movement had played a reasonable role in many fields and used to give us a non expensive product even in housing because it is like a non profit organization while Serial supermarkets and malls charges too much for the same product.Recently,however we have noticed some sort of shrinking in that movement. May be it is time to create and encourage such movements for the best interest of the community. Thanks Kit for this post.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 12:42 pm
I wonder if OWS, Anonymous, and other protest groups could organize as co-ops?
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 12:54 pm
Excellent discussion. How about letting the corporations stay over seas, reward corporations who remain in the US with a lower tax rate, get the money out of politics so that the corporate elite can stop prostituting our politicians against us, deepen the cooperative movement, and hire ourselves locally. Lets fight these greedy bastards!
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 1:40 pm
Where are the '60s when we need them? Right here... with the co-ops! Thanks, Kit, and Kathy for advertising on FB.
 

Susan S. (187)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:46 pm
I was fortunate to grow up in a province of Canada (Saskatchewan) known for cooperatives. In fact, at University of Saskatchewan there is a program on cooperatives and law through the Law School. Also, there are cooperative insurance firms and even a department store called "Co-op" (amazing...sadly I haven't seen one around since the big-box stores like Costco and Wal-mart seem to have taken over). Cooperative housing is also a very important community initiative, and even cooperative food kitchens (where people get together to cook food and thereby share the costs of food by buying bulk and lowering costs, and the prep time, and do community building/networking at the same time). This is a terrific concept, and I have always thought that there is some reason why our consumeristic, materialistic culture tries to push us into isolation in order to prop up profits (i.e., disposable fast food mentality that costs more in health care costs). I could go on and on about this one. Thanks for this article Kit.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 10:52 pm
Thanks Kit--Great post..

The first modern Co-operatives grew out of the Industrial Revolution, in a pub (hotel) in1775, in Northern England; let's hope some more resurrect themselves after this recession; they, and and Mutuals can work under any political system.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 3:38 am
People before corporations. It makes sense. Or does that make me a Red?
 

Tinkie K. (71)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 3:46 am
Corporations benefit only a select few - the rest suffer, not only humans but everything is treated as a commodity.
Cooperatives are the exact opposite - it benefits everybody equally.

Some people are just too greedy and can't stand the thought of 'equality'; they must dominate in order to feel adequate.
 

Rosemarie C. (5)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 7:36 am
Thank you for sharing this article. Co-ops by nature are progressive and democratic. We need to raise awareness and educate the general public on alternatives to the corporate way of life that is crushing this country.
 

wendi huffman (4)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 9:57 am
noted & thanks for sharing
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 4:56 pm
A corporation has no heart.

It only knows to destroy that which offends it.......
which is us!

But neither do corporations have intelligence.

They only have profit and loss by which to compute.

We have our very planet at stake. We can be and need to be
and, behold, we are CREATIVE.

We will yet win.

 

Jane H. (139)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 6:02 pm
Hooray for coops!! May their tribe increase!
 

SuSanne P. (190)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:55 pm
TY for this article that would be HUGE remedy to the cost of foods-and those who can't afford them! I remember the first co-op I ever saw was in a tiny town in CO. We (most people having very little $$$) ate the healthiest for the least expensive by far. For 2 hours per/wk you became a member and paid the retail +10% price. We pushed the only 1 register sole owned marked to stay open past 3pm daily, stay open on Sundays and put in 2 other Registers. Even that SLOWLY killed our coop. When I returned to CA 17 years later it was if I lived in the past as no one knew what I was talking about. I see a teeny tiny amt. of people (soul ownership) starting up in my town, need I say it is not working. Prices are more expensive than the GIANT COR$$S. This is such a simple solution that HAS A LONG WAY TO GO (from what I have seen). It is such a shame.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 4:04 pm
Noted.
 
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