@GuerillaOntologist the immediately following paragraphs are much more revealing as they talk about how everyone having a voice can bog down the decision making process. i.e., you need leaders with more power. Didn't read further to see if he takes it to the next level of "unwashed masses". ;-)

Give them good news about being wrong.

Co-ops aren't new or 'dis-allowed. They are a legal formation, a lawyer-speak envelope around a common-good community.

Co-ops protect a community's purpose in property-rights terms that most legal systems understand.

Maybe start with this brochure about why co-ops are organized: rd.usda.gov/sites/default/file

Or more great publications from the US Dept. of Agriculture: rd.usda.gov/resources/publicat.

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