co-operatives

Co-ops or workers' revolution?

An article by Tom Wetzel (under a pseudonym) which lays out the limitations of cooperatives as an alternative to capitalism.

'Social streets' and the mutual aid economy

The crisis is grinding on, day after day. People are struggling and then they struggle some more. Health suffers. Food can be a difficult subject. Where is the money for the rent coming from? Celebrations are cut back. Household appliances break. In times of crisis, people often turn to one another for help: to neighbours, friends, colleagues. It’s mutual aid.

Meaningful work: an appeal to the young

An article about meaning in choosing employment.

Radical printshop collectives of the 1970s and 80s (video) - Jess Baines

This half-hour lecture by former radical printshop worker and LSE lecturer Jess Baines investigates the largely forgotten history of the radical design and print collectives of the 1970s and 80s.

The Telekommunist Manifesto - Dmytri Kleiner

The Telekommunist Manifesto - Dmytri Kleiner

A controversial pamphlet which criticises Creative Commons as a form of privatisation, proposing 'copyfarleft' in its place, and puts forward 'venture communism' as a form of class struggle.

Self-management of misery or the miseries of self-management - Terra Cremada

A critical look at co-ops, worker-owned and collective businesses, ethical banking, the entrepreneurial spirit, competition, and “independent” contract work and the limitations of the concept and practice of self-management in the context of the totalitarian logic of capitalist society.

The myth of Mondragon: Cooperatives, politics, and working class life in a Basque town - Sharryn Kasmir

Sharryn Kasmir's critical account of the internationally renowned Mondragon cooperatives of the Basque region of Spain.

Worker Occupations in Argentina

A paper by Maurizio Atzeni looking at the degeneration of four co-operatives that arose during the upheavels in Argentina 2001.

Mr. Benn's wage slavery

2nd Viscount Stansgate

A Freedom artice dated 7th December 1974 criticising Tony Benn's support for workers' co-operatives. Taken from The State Is Your Enemy: Selections From Freedom 1965-86.

Workers' control

A pamphlet by the Syndicalist Workers' Federation on the meaning of workers' control, its incompatability with the state and its history (1959).