Some Exposure for Co-ops


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The Post Carbon Institute's Energy Bulletin just posted an article titled "The Hidden Power of Coops" by Michael Shuman.  It is a glowing report with lots of numbers and good words. The segment is a reprint of a piece of the author's book Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity

The good news, for me, was the recognition of the deeply democratic nature of co-ops, all the way out to the workers. Shuman doesn't go heavily into worker-owned businesses but he does touch on them and particularly in this context. He also addresses the notion that Co-ops are, somehow, second-rate or lesser alternatives to traditional capitalist businesses. All in all, it is another thing to point the confused at. 

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