Benefits of Cooperativism

Cooperativism provides a system of shared ownership that is superior to both the public ownership of Statist Nationalisation and the elite ownership of Capitalist Corporations. Unknown
20th century Labour nationalised various (often struggling) industries, which the Tories later sold of to the wealthier section of the population and to foreign buyers. Foresight should have shown that this was almost inevitable in the red-blue ping pong. If the Labour party in power had instead historically focused more upon establishing a plethora of independent cooperative enterprises – Britain would almost certainly now have a much more equal division of wealth and overall labour would very like have the upper hand over capital. Unknown
“It is curious that the political leaders, who enthusiastically favour and court democracy in politics, reject the idea of democracy in industry.” SG Hobson
“If I have a share and interest in the productions of some company or firm, I am undoubtedly, in some degree, a partner.” SG Hobson
We are stronger as a group than an individual. Think in a cooperative and communal way, set up local food hubs and create growing communities.Arthur Potts Dawson
“There are large cooperatives all across this country. Land O’Lakes is a $12 billion club functioning all across America. There are rural electric co-ops in 47 states. Ace Hardware is a cooperative.” Kent Conrad
*“Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.” Ban Ki-moon
*“Labor can and will become its own employer through co-operative association.Leland Stanford
Education is essential for fulfilling the basic cooperative principles. It is fundamentally important to devote sufficient human and economic resources to cooperative education, professional training, and general education of young people for the future…Mondragon Cooperative Philosophy
We are stronger as a group than an individual. Think in a cooperative and communal way, set up local food hubs and create growing communities.Arthur Potts Dawson
“Is there, then, an alternative to capitalism? … yes there is an alternative: co-operativism.” Rob Harrison
“Since capitalism’s start, worker co-ops have haunted it as its own built-in opposite, bearing hopes for a non-capitalist future.” Betsy Bowman & Bob Stone
“Cooperatives are a reminder … that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.” Ban Ki-Moon
“We need a brand of socialism that brings trade unions and worker co-operatives to the forefront of decision making and governance. Instead of centralisation and bureaucracy, we need power (and funds) being given to local democratic bodies. Similar to the system in Switzerland, Britain needs to become more accustomed to the ideas of technocracy and direct democracy; real power in the hands of ordinary citizens.” James Gibson
“Cooperativization shifts the basic priority of society’s productive infrastructure from profits to needs. Making profits is a quantitative and infinite goal, meeting needs a qualitative and inherently finite one.” Betsy Bowman & Bob Stone
”The strength of the collective model is testified by the continued success of the John Lewis Partnership and Co-operative Group as two of the leading retail brands here in the UK. While Mondragon, a worker co-op in Spain, might have suffered some hits recently, it has been one of the Basque region’s leading companies for decades. Surely it is obvious that we should be promoting the ethical and collective model of industry over the top-down and exploitative model?” James Gibson
“Worker co-ops are in capitalism but they are not of it. To form a co-op neither “investing” nor selling one’s labor is called for. It is rather to “throw in one’s lot” with chosen others, a “pooling” of living labors rather than of cash or “interests” — though these may also be pooled. Such intermixing makes identifying one’s own piece impossible. Co-op formation thus defies market “rationality.”” Betsy Bowman & Bob Stone
“Unlike most businesses, co-ops aren’t governed by the actions of stock brokers, and aren’t forced to suppress employee wages for the benefit of shareholders. In fact, the co-operative model is the only one in which sustainability can be more important than pure profit.” James Gibson
“Labor can and will become its own employer through co-operative association.” Leland Stanford
“While comparable in scope and economic impact to for-profit businesses, co-ops are fundamentally different from them. Their values and economic relationships between managers, workers and communities are not driven by the obligation to deliver enormous wealth to top managers and distant shareholders.” Frank Joyce
“Initially the needs a co-op serves are those of its own worker-members. But this already sets it radically apart. In capitalist firms worker needs figure marginally if at all and only if backed by tacit or explicit threats of strike. In shifting to need, the heart of an enterprise shifts from an amoral to a moral bond.” Betsy Bowman & Bob Stone
“To build Cooperativism is not to do the opposite of capitalism as if this system did not have any useful features – Cooperativism must surpass it, and for this purpose must assimilate its methods and dynamism.” José María Arizmendiarrieta
“Britain needs co-operative values. Co-operative values are based on a very simple premise – that we do better for ourselves if we cooperate with each other, rather than simply seeing ourselves as isolated individuals.” Ed Miliband
“What we recognise is that self interest and altruism are not in conflict. We can cooperate together for our own direct benefit, for mutual benefit, and the benefit of others. Those are the central principles of the co-operative movement when it was founded all those years ago in Rochdale.” Ed Miliband
“I want a society which is fairer and where we tackle poverty and inequality. But we can’t achieve that without people coming together to make a difference to their own lives. We need co-operative organisations and social enterprises such as Big Wide Talk which empowers parents not only to help their kids but to stand up and see themselves as equal with those in positions of authority.” Ed Miliband
I want a society that protects the planet for future generations. This requires us to come together collectively and act. And co-operative organisations around the country are showing what can be done: from local farmer’s markets sourcing local foods, to community wind farms to the transition towns movement.” Ed Miliband
“If I have a share and interest in the productions of some company or firm, I am undoubtedly, in some degree, a partner.” S.G. Hobson
“…it is certain that we want good citizens and good craftsmen combined. May it not be here that we can learn a lesson from the medieval Guilds? They trained apprentices in a way they were never trained before or since. And so, by parity of reasoning, may we not affirm that the technical and scientific training might and ought to be transferred to National Guilds, whilst the humane and civic education remain a function of the state?” S.G. Hobson
“It is curious that the political leaders, who enthusiastically favour and court democracy in politics, reject the idea of democracy in industry.” S.G. Hobson
“Guilds once established fair wages, established quality standards, trained apprentices and organised production in a much more civilised way than we see in capitalism. Many of these important functions could now be performed by Cooperatives.” Unknown
On those who attacked the Guilds which were in many ways the predecessors of both Trades Unionism and of many Cooperative ideas…“Cobbet, I think got at the bottom of it when…he pointed out that Protestant historians had willfully misrepresented the Middle Ages because there were so many people living on the plunder of the monasteries and the Guilds, and consequently interested in maintaining a prejudice against the Middle Ages, as the easiest way to cover their tracks.” Arthur J Penty

 

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