Book Review: Everything for Everybody: the radical
tradition that is shaping the next economy/Nathan Schneider [Nation Books]
For those seeking alternatives to the ongoing economic
“in-equalization” of what has been called marketworld, that is, the global
market economy where, like it or not, we all exist in in 2019, Nathan
Schneider’s new book
the co-operative movement’s aspiration, and its achieved reality, of common wealth through cooperation, thoiugh he still recognizes the compromises and contradictions of actual co-operatives.
Coops arose in the 19th century to salvage human value in the wreckage of dog-eat
dog capitalist industrialism and one special virtue of cooperatives is their dual
local/global federated democratic structure. But their materiality means the
above niche is increasingly outdistanced in the geographically barrier-less electronic
persist but can they
retain the advantages of their special distinction as all key relations get etherealized,
i.e. dehumanized, in the virtual world? However relational friendly Skype and Facebook may
be should E-coops rely on them to sustain their trustworthiness and intimacy? Are core co-op values still relevant
when the virtual "friends" are orthographic, more than personal. In theory perhaps yes, but as a lived
reality of material fellowship? We sisagree.
problematic as ever is the co-operative tendency to introversion and relative passivity
vis a vis their external political worlds.
Co-ops are alternatives to the market status
quo. Are they serious opponents of it? Time for a revitalized new co-op world online, as motivates the recent call for worker-owned platform co-ops. DStay tuned to thie space for more on virtual cooperativism.
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