Writings of J. Todd Ring: Corporatism, capitalism and real alternatives: On the power to choose our destiny

Corporatism is simply a more virulent form of capitalism – or a late stage of capitalism: it is what happens when capitalism is left unchecked, to run its own course. First comes the tendency towards ever-increasing concentrations of money, resources and economic power under a capitalist economy, as Marx rightly predicted; then comes crony capitalism, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shift Change-Worker Owned Co-ops

Rob Douglas Please join us to watch the award-winning documentary film SHIFT CHANGE at Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan Campus on Friday, September 20. The film examines employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces and growing healthy communities. Visiting the 50-year old network of co-operative businesses in ...

Cowichan Conversations: Worker Ownership for the 99%- Press Conference

The corporate model has failed society miserably as far as fairness, democracy, equity and responsibility is concerned. One well established and successful co-op model has been established in Mondragon. Word of their achievements establishing  very productive and responsible  worker co-ops is spreading. This good news of interest to governments, business, unions and workers. There is a better ...

Dead Wild Roses: Doing Capitalism Differently – Spain’s Mondragon Corporation

From Alter.net Richard D. Wolffe writes: “In May 2012, I had occasion to visit the city of Arrasate-Mondragon, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the headquarters of the Mondragon Corporation (MC), a stunningly successful alternative to the capitalist organization of production. MC is composed of many co-operative enterprises grouped into four areas: industry, ...

Bill Longstaff: Co-op beats Spanish recession

As one of the PIGS, the four (or six) European countries whose dysfunctional economies are much in the news these days, Spain is perhaps not the place you would expect to find a thriving economic enterprise. But one such enterprise is in fact flourishing, weathering the financial storm quite nicely. I refer to the Mondragon ...