The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops – Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

I was alerted the other day to an interview of Gar Alperovitz, in five parts, on the Reality Asserts Itself program on therealnews.com

Much of the interview is interesting, but I was mainly drawn to parts 4 and 5;
The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops – Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5),
and, What Would You Do If You Had Political Power? – Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

 

The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops – Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

“Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the experience of Spain’s Mondragon, the world’s largest workers’ co-op, shows that workers’ ownership can go to scale, but on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy –   January 27, 2014″

I think Mr. Alperovitz actually tells Paul Jay that “on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy” but that they will be part of the overall solution comprised of interconnected efforts and various structures and tactics. Very subtle difference, and Paul Jay seems intelligent, so I’m sure he grasps Alperovitz’s meaning, but the sound-bite style synopsis doesn’t really capture the conversation.

 

What Would You Do If You Had Political Power? – Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

“Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay there are existing models that point to what a new economy and politics might look like –   January 28, 2014″

This was an enjoyable segment, but I am caught with the nagging feeling that Mr. Alperovitz is too nice too often, or maybe he is too positive. That probably comes from his background as a Professor. And his demeanor probably helped him convince universities and hospitals to support their projects, but I feel there could be more fire in his words. I wish he would just state: “Demand that your cities and states expend their funds in a way that will directly support citizens rather than distant shareholders!”

Best passage of the video [paraphrased]:

Political power goes with ownership. …  You wanna change politics, you’ve gotta change ownership in a democratic way.

Cross-posted at FireDogLake

mikerhys

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