Land reform is my Exhibit B -- coops being Exhibit A -- of what happens when you attempt to introduce radical economic changes without the commensurate radical political transformation.
Unfortunately cooperativism is an economic project without any associated political project, so history has already borne out that the answer to this question is clearly NO.
I have been involved in coops for 20 years and have mentors who've been involved in coops since the 70s. I struggle to point to examples of coops being forces for broader radical sociopolitical *systemic* change. I'm all ears/eyes if you know of any. But effecting sociopolitical change is not some thing that is "baked" into the cooperative structure and that is why I call for an accompanying explicitly political project.
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My point is that the lion's share of cooperatives in the world would not describe themselves this way. I believe the majority of the world's cooperatives are, indeed, capitalist and pro-capitalist. I don't have data at hand, but I welcome it and am enjoying this debate immensely.
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Fired: software sucks; devs need to try harder
Tired: the development community is insufficiently diverse in identities and ideas to produce good software; devs need to be more diverse
Wired: #software companies have bad incentives which lead them to not care about producing good software; #FOSS needs to get better
Inspired: all software #development involves encoding our society's ideas about a problem domain; we cannot produce good software until we produce a good society
"Amazon is creating the problems it purports to solve. So why don’t we solve the problem, and take it over?" - The Case for Nationalizing Amazon https://theoutline.com/post/6587/nationalize-amazon-make-bezos-our-bitch
#amazon #hq2 #latestagecapitalism #nationalization
ICYMI: Here is a link to "Negative Monument," a speculative proposal, practical intervention, and anti-monumental gesture.
The project is an open invitation to engage in the participatory yet imperceptible negation of a monument: http://bit.ly/2E2r7I2
Here is the Anarchism of Blackness btw https://roarmag.org/magazine/black-liberation-anti-fascism/ Well worth a read....as is everything in Roar magazine.
More racist white people EXPOSED on social media evidences the anarchism of blackness Show more
Racist attack? Pickup that cellphone and hit RECORD. Black people get more justice from exposing racism on Facebook or Twitter than any appeals to the state https://blavity.com/white-woman-called-a-black-man-a-nr-over-a-parking-spot-and-his-wife-wasnt-having-it I think this is the point Samudzi and Anderson were trying to make in the Anarchism of Blackness. We can't try to reform what is so patently antiblack. My point is FB and Twitter are no substitute for true security/justice.
That said, I do think that the impulse here comes from a sense that there is wisdom and solution in the polity and this has been evidenced in many cases. Racists lose their jobs, their apartments, their social status . Call-out culture undoubtedly has its limits, but call out culture/ostracism is a step up from outright impunity which is often the result of appeals to the state. However, embracing and strengthening non-state security and justice could move us further.
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Siwatu-Salama Ra, a black mother and community leader in Detroit was incarcerated earlier this year after attempting to defend her family from a violent attack. Yesterday after 258 days in jail and fierce community advocacy, she was released on bond. Learn more about her case and how you can contribute at https://www.freesiwatu.org #freesiwatu #survivedandpunished #selfdefence
I mean just look at the unit economics. For the amount of money I'm sure Weiner was paid, Terence Nance could probably make like two more seasons of Random Acts of Flyness. You get max enjoyment from a quality black creator versus continuing to toss money at mediocre white dudes who produce mediocre white fare.
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