co-operatives

Workers' control

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

Why Valve? - Yanis Varoufakis

Valve

Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? Yanis Varoufakis discusses the horizontal management structure at Valve, and how this relates to possible post-capitalist forms of activity.

Homeowners: the gravediggers of capital

Tom Fox casts a critical eye over housing co-operatives. Originally published in January 2012.

Worker co-operatives and democracy - Bernard Marszalek

Bernard Marszalek discusses the dynamics and contradictions of worker co-operatives under capitalism.

Co-operatives, capitalism and the IWW

Blog entry critiquing a promotional graphic of the revolutionary union Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) comparing a capitalist coffee shop with a co-operative one.

Podcast on workers' control with Immanuel Ness

A podcast on workers' control from Pacifica Radio's "Against the Grain" with Immanuel Ness, labour historian and author of 'Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present'.

Worker co-operatives, markets and the South African state

An evaluation of the realities faced by co-operatives operating in the market through an analysis of ‘worker control’ and ‘social ownership’ in the former Yugoslavian co-operatives, ‘degeneration of worker control’ in the Mondragon Co-operative Complex in Spain and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s state sponsored co-operative development project in South Africa.

A workers' cooperative during the Paris Commune - Robert Tombs

Article about a workers' co-op during the Paris commune uprising. We need to learn from the limitations of the Paris Commune as well as its achievements.

The Israeli kibbutz: From utopia to dystopia - Uri Zilbersheid

Despite their racism the kibbutzim did transform daily life. As Uri Zilbersheid says: private property and exploitation were apparently abolished; organizational aspects analogous to the state were also abolished; and labor was partially turned into non-instrumental activity. But, in the mid-1990s the kibbutzim began to dismantle their utopian society and to adopt a partially capitalist way of life. This article describes what happened.

Local Worker-Owned Restaurant Joins IWW

Statement posted by the IWW claiming "Act signifies workers’ real desire for change, not just rhetoric". We reproduce it for reference only.