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Economic Update: Larger Social Changes to Support Worker Co-ops [Trailer]

Economic Update: Larger Social Changes to Support Worker Co-ops [Trailer]

The focus on worker co-ops is a response to
the fact that the old criticisms of capitalism, the older socialisms, talked about all kinds
of importnat, interesting things. But they tended to forget the transformations
inside the workplace. That’s why we focus on it. But it’s an addition to the issues of the
larger society, not a substitute. I would argue that the new society has to
have instruments, ways, organizations that allow citizens in the surrounding community,
and the customers, also to participate with the workers in making the decisions. The guarantee of a job and income so that
people are freer. There has to be a larger social context that
reinforces the whole logic of democratic, egalitarian workplaces and enterprises.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Trade Unions urgently need to emerge as the major driving force of how politics is shaped across the world. It's time the people Have the power they deserve over their own lives.

  2. That word salad went limp in the fridge decades ago, why are you thrown it away yet? It's just taking up space. "Egalitarianism", are you daft old man? "Egalitarianism" is a floating abstraction with no tie to reality. It's a concept that was made up as the opposite of the real and concretized concept of Rational Self Interest.

  3. Dear Professor, please have a courage to speak about true root cause inequality that you always talk about ; Social evolution has a cancer and it’s called the monetary system. Our entire economical paradigm is a threat to the ecological and social stability. Ditching the cruel system in favor of something new is no longer a matter of mere ideological preference but rather one of species wide existential necessity. THEZEITGEISTMOVEMENT.COM
    Today we have access to highly advanced technologies. But our social and economic system has not kept up with our technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt.
    Jacque Fresco

  4. As you talk about work co-op, my mind started hovering to the Indian cast sistem that existed in the past, and search the similarities and differences between the two systems.

  5. re: job as a right.
    slavery. not needed. keep your imposed mandatory job.

    “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” ― Buckminster Fuller

    "workers". pah.

    we need move past reliance on "workers" to balance against the power hoard, or we will forever be insisting with our Stockholm-syndrome on being enslaved.

    you come to me insisting imposing a singular job role upon me, like it's a good thing that i have a right to, and i hear you as a tyrant trying to slip me a lie to sell me on my enslavement. you come to me imposing a job… i might just have something to do. i might just have better ideas what i might be better suited to doing. we might just have a few million such individuals ready to make a breakthrough that lifts the burden of the rest. so why seek to make more work? keep your busywork. keep your job. keep your bullshit job. i'm more interested in emancipation, rather than enslavement rebranded as a right. where's the economic sanity. "workers". pah. what happens when the workers are all robots, and you put all political power with the workers?

    people. better.

    but likely still species-ist.

    "one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest."

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