Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sane Econ

I wonder if I could ever transform myself from being "conflict-oriented." Rather than the semblance of cooperation currently touted by the NEW-UAW, a genuine cooperation would necessarily include my right to an equal share in the design, investment, and direction of the industry with voting and traditional striking and grievance rights, should things go as they have historically.

Republic Windows is a shining example of the full possibility of the American Experience. With a little help from a sit-down strike and solidarity donations, plans are in the works to not only pay severance packages, but also forming a new company and resuming a collective and cooperative production system.

Zanon Ceramics also comes to mind.

We could very well organize a sane economic program right under the noses of big, corporate and government financiers, starting with fair-trade, home/garage-made, union/guild product retail stores, giving people an alternative to Chinese Slave Shit. Through occupations, we can win the right to recover our lost industries and enterprises, so they can be run democratically by those that do the work. Through conversations and planning, guys and gals can band together to start new collectives from scratch, like the Union Cab Cooperative of Madison, WI.

It should be said that this new economic program must include the tenets of morality and justice as central. As a consumer, I consider these things. As often as I can afford, I buy from unionized workers or directly from worker-producers.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner;
Liberty is a well-armed lamb, contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

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