[Marxism] Are worker-owned companies an alterative to capitalism?

farmelantj at juno.com farmelantj at juno.com
Tue Sep 29 12:08:40 MDT 2009

Yugoslavia under Tito attempted to
institute an economic system based
on worker cooperatives on a nation-wide
scale.  That system experienced contradictions
between attempts to institute worker democracy
within companies and the attempts to base
the economy on free markets rather than central
planning.  Over time, as the  Yugoslavian regime
increasingly emphasized making the economy
more market oriented, democracy within
worker-managed firms eroded, since in
such an economy, professional managers
were better suited to making the sorts
of decisions that such an economy required
than were the worker councils.

Jim F.

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
Subject: [Marxism] Are worker-owned companies an alterative to capitalism?
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:46:05 -0400

This is a follow-up to my review of Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: a Love 
Story”. I neglected to discuss his proposals for an alternative to 
capitalism, which boil down to worker-owned firms or cooperatives. He 
interviews the top guy at the Alvarado Street Bakery in California, 
whose website describes a cooperative as “an autonomous association of 
persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and 
cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and 
democratically-controlled enterprise”. He also visits a robotics 
manufacturer in Wisconsin that operates on the same basis.

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