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Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the experience of Spain's Mondragon, the world's largest workers' co-op, shows that workers' ownership can go to scale, but on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy

 

Go to the Scaling-Up the Cooperative Movement theme page

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We received that as an email and are passing it on to our readers. The formation of regional co-operative associations is a major development in the co-operative and solidarity economic movements. These are happening in western Massachusetts, Madison, WI, the Bay area, and elsewhere  as well as in Austin, TX with the ACBA. In addition, some valuable information about financial co-operatives follows thier invitation.)

IN THE LAST YEAR of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. struggled with what are best understood as existential challenges as he began to move toward an ever-more-profound and radical understanding of what would be required to deal with the nation’s domestic and international problems

This symposium will provide an opportunity to actively engage in discussion and debate with organizers, public officials and other DC residents on the prospects for equitable development.  The symposium, which organizers hope to make an annual event, is intended to emphasize the need for equitable development across the nation in general and within Washington DC in particular.

 

The Equal Exchange Customer Service Department is seeking a Customer Service Representative to serve our customers in food co-ops, grocery stores, cafes and food service institutions, and assist with serving school and congregational accounts customers as well. 

Some Spaniards are moving away from the country’s electric utilities “to form consumer cooperatives that generate or purchase power from renewable energy sources,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

“Their ranks—while still tiny—are being fed by consumer discontent over a government decision to curtail green-energy projects. The defections highlight the latest fallout from a broader debate over green energy now raging across Europe.”

Read the full article on Wall Street Journal Europe

The frustration of the left, given this exhaustion of traditional socialisms' appeal, arose from having no other broadly agreed-upon vision of an attractive alternative to capitalism. The left could not provide what mass audiences craved as they deepened their criticisms of capitalism's longer-term decline and short-term crisis.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: GEO has been following Mayor Gayle McLaughlin for over two years: here, here, and here. Now the NYTimes has caught up with her.)

Eminent Domain: a Long Shot Against Blight

By SHAILA DEWAN

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