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Mon Nov 18, 2013, 12:16 AM

8. Sure there is. 1954, a priest in Spain, under a dictatorship

 

with much worse inequality and lack of freedom, started training some people in technical subjects, engineering, and the principles of cooperative work.

When they went to work for companies they found that it wasn't helping them, so they bought a paraffin stove factory with money borrowed from their neighbors, and began the Mondragon Cooperative.

Go read about how big that is, and how much better they have done than the rest of Spain. Their own college, their own banks, medical care, etc - they are even working with the Steelworkers here (though I think the principles of cooperative work are getting a little muddled).

Small, but there are hundreds of those efforts all across the country. Still a LOT to be done, but as people lose more and more, they have less and less to lose. Starting with just finding some like-minded people, cooperative groups are enabling people to walk away from the servitude they signed up for, and be happy with a little food, a good walk, fresh air, a place to live, a lot of learning, and a complete reversal of everything they thought they learned about the American Dream. That last one is the hardest part, believe it or not.

"I saved a thousand slaves. I could have saved a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves".
H. Tubman.

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