Today in the quiet co-op consensus: David Brooks talking up worker ownership for the gig economy. https://nyti.ms/2DaRdGA
@ntnsndr As David Brooks would do so. “Shopping for a worker co-op would be more like buying a gym membership.” Uhhhh.
@tbeckett @ntnsndr So many tellingly elitist aspects of that article. Start with the subtitle: "And how we can make a difference in their lives." The 'we' being the "college-educated sliver" of society, and 'their lives' being the ones lived by working-class poor people.
As Lila Watson said, "If you've come here to help me, you are wasting your time. If you've come because your liberation is bound up with mine, we may have work to do together." For Brooks it's a one-way street.
"...train and retrain workers as they moved from firm to firm..."?!? I mean, WTF is he even talking about? A worker co-op that "represents workers in negotiations..."? Pretty sure that's not how union co-ops work, bro. Might want to talk to Collective Copies or something...
Other weird things: first he bemoans "alternative work arrangements" with their lack of stability and security, but later on he throws shade on the "old, adversarial" union model for being "inappropriate for the gig economy." Um...make up your mind, David.
@tbeckett @ntnsndr "We in the college-educated sliver have built a culture, an economy and a political system that are all about ourselves." But this is all wrong. What about the struggling adjunct professors, or all the college educated construction workers I know, building houses for $12/hour? Is the economy all about them? Hardly.
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