Common Interests

I have a hypothesis. It’s just a hypothesis, but it makes sense to me. I’ve tried to research it, but the terms are so common that it’s hard to isolate my idea.

It goes like this: the Rochdale Pioneers emerged in England specifically because England was where the commons were most thoroughly enclosed.

I don’t mean that co-ops were a conscious attempt to rebuild the commons. In these early stages of my research, there’s nothing to indicate that. Rather, I mean that there seems to be an instinct for self-organization that emerges in people, given half a chance.

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