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America Beyond Capitalism: An "Evolutionary Reconstruction" of the System Is Necessary and Possible


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- 890 days ago - truth-out.org
There are also now more than 11,000 businesses owned in whole or part by their employees; approximately six million more individuals are involved in these enterprises than are members of private sector unions.



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Jason S. (57)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 11:56 am
The world beyond capitalism
 

Terry King (109)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 2:29 pm
I'm not certain that the tyranny of the many is preferable to the tyranny of the few!
 

Terry King (109)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 3:31 pm
IMHO..As long as profit is the main motivator and not the improvement of the human condition, there will be no justice. In the article, even the best examples of employee owned corporations were more interested in acquiring money than providing solutions. I'm just a retired plumber, not a brilliant an expert in economics or political theory but I do recognize inequity when I see it.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 3:58 pm
Human beings are motivated by working their passions and talents, their need to be recognized, and their need to sustain themselves and their families on this planet. If the capitalist system was fair, this could work beautifully. The problems come in when sociopathic personality types hijack the system for their own benefit by exploiting the less fortunate, and leave the talented artists and musicians to starve, while paying high wages to bomb manufacturers, and companies like BAIN crush smaller companies and celebrate unfair gains.
Everyone has a right to live and have enough to eat, shelter, but those who serve the community, serve the needs of others, have the right to have more since they earn it. But the Romneys of the world are unfair players.
The way businesses are set up, the corporations that pay tremendous salaries to CEO's while providing inferior services to humanity is simply out of balance and wrong, and cannot continue in this trend. The GOP, ie, the powers-that-intend-to-hijack everything create food products that are horrible for health, they push oil as the only energy source, they do industry farming that depletes the land, they want to eradicate our education system---because there is no profit in paying teachers and public officers. Well, this is the foundation of our country, the just and the free that is being taken away since it is unprofitable. They talk about being self-made but make it impossible to do that.
I am glad that this book points the way toward an understanding of the inequities and possible solutions. We certainly need to figure this one out because the corporations are out of control and have our politicians in their pockets. There will be a people's revolution if we don't take it back as a people because everything good disappearing. This is going to be tough because they have been plotting this path for decades longer than most of us knew.
I do like Clinton's quote, that there is nothing wrong with America that Americans can't fix with what is right with America. I guess the people will eventually stand up when they realize they are at the brink of starvation and the Romneys of the world are building yet another car elevator to yet another mansion.
 

Tal H. (8)
Thursday July 12, 2012, 7:28 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Nancy M. (202)
Friday July 13, 2012, 9:40 am
Great article and I am interested in reading the book. Employee owned companies is not a new concept. there were some that came about during the depression as people polled their resources to keep the local company afloat- they became the owners.

When I lived in Iowa, we shopped at our local Hy-Vee worker owned and managed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hy-Vee
 

Janelle Wong (71)
Saturday July 14, 2012, 1:05 pm
I voted Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be
allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give
the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
 
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