Worker ownership and management aren’t cure-alls for America’s cancerous concentrations of wealth and political power. But they are viable ways to organize our economy so that those who do the work receive an increasing share, if not the full product, of their labor. This is a simple and just idea with a long history in the United States. That virtually no one in the halls of power appears to be championing it should tell us something: They don’t trust we the people to manage our own affairs.
It’s interesting that this article doesn’t address the automation and digitization trends that are transforming the definition of a “job” and a “worker” completely. How will this trend fit into a co-op marketplace?
While reading this article, I’m also struck by what’s absent from the conversation entirely. As we move towards an overwhelmingly automated and digital society, the “worker”, whether a part of a co-op or not, will need to learn how to leverage the internet to his/her advantage. It’s not government legislation or corporations that will take our future workplaces to a co-op level: it’s the internet. The Internet is making this “power to the people” movement possible; through rapid communication, the power to crowdfund and crowdsource ideas on a global scale almost comes easily. This means now it’s more important than ever before that we protect our digital rights, and a free and open internet. In my opinion, these digital rights are the ones that should be at the center of conversations not only in the economic and job market sectors, but across all industries.
From Aljazeera via Pocket