"Cooperative economics and labor self-management provide the members of the laboring classes who experience class exploitation and domination and non-class forms of oppression with practical economic tools to challenge the economic and political power of the economic and political elite."

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"The oppressed are in a position to build a counterhegemonic practice that mirrors the embryonic values and institutions of the future socialist society, while living within the existing capitalist, patriarchal and racist social order."

"It was not an accidental occurrence or for flippant reasons that Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin saw cooperative economics and labor self-management as useful tools in the struggle for socialism and the undermining of capitalism."

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@neil an often overlooked aspect of cooperatives (at least based on what I read and saw so far) is that they are FAR better at protecting workers' rights than any union will ever be: when the sets of those who work and those who own the means of production overlap, the "dictatorship of the proletariat" is complete...

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