Tag: Alternatives

  • Argentine Newspapers Recuperated by Workers’ Cooperatives

    The formation of workers’ cooperatives to recuperate companies about to close their doors or which have already declared bankruptcy has occurred more frequently in the country, writes Carolina de Assis. Keep reading »

  • Costa Rica’s Banco Popular Shows how Banks can be Democratic, Green – and Financially Sustainable

    A decade on from the 2007-08 global financial crisis, the majority of private banks have changed very little. Most remain solely concerned with maximizing their returns, while sustainable or social goals remain subservient to this. For conventional economists, anything else remains an impossible or distant dream. But there is hope for a different kind of … Keep reading »

  • Reading Marx’s Capital Today: Lessons from Latin America

    This paper was presented at the International conference “150 years Karl Marx’s Capital – Reflections for the 21st century” held in Athens, Greece on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Athens Office in cooperation with Theseis, the conference discussed the actuality of Marx’s theoretical system of the critique of political economy … Keep reading »

  • Coeur Mines Treading in Dangerous Water at San Bartolome Mine in Bolivia

    Recent protests surrounding the New Mining Law by the cooperative sector in Bolivia climaxed to dangerous levels this past week. The approval of the law was stalled when legislators modified the project in the Legislative Assembly. They claimed that an article allowing cooperatives to sign third-party contracts with private or foreign capital was unconstitutional and … Keep reading »

  • Heinz Leamington: Ripe for a Cooperative

    The closure of the Leamington, Ontario Heinz factory by mid-2014 will result in 740 job losses in the industrial and agricultural region of southwestern Ontario between London and Windsor, Ontario. Over thirty tomato farms are losing contracts with Heinz which will also put 350 migrant worker jobs at risk. The closure announcement comes only five … Keep reading »

  • Wheat Board Becomes a Plank

    The Day the Wheat Board Died

    On August 1, 2012, the Conservative government will bring an end to a major Canadian institution and one of the world’s largest, longest-standing, and most successful “state trading enterprises.” After 70 years as the state-mandated monopoly seller of most Western Canadian wheat, the Canadian Wheat Board will officially become “voluntary,” meaning the death of anything … Keep reading »

  • Cuba’s Coming Co-operative Economy?

    Reflections From Two Recent Field Trips In 2011, I made two trips to Cuba to study the new co-operatives. In June I was kindly invited by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, a professor at the University of Havana and one of the country’s leading experts on its co-operative movement, to participate in two conferences. In December, Wendy Holm … Keep reading »

  • The Jackson Plan: A Struggle for Self-Determination, Participatory Democracy, and Economic Justice

    A major progressive initiative is underway in Jackson, Mississippi. This initiative demonstrates tremendous promise and potential in making a major contribution toward improving the overall quality of life of the people of Jackson, Mississippi, particularly people of African descent. This initiative is the Jackson Plan and it is being spearheaded by the Malcolm X Grassroots … Keep reading »

  • Corporations Occupy Fair Trade

    Over the past few weeks the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has shone the spotlight on corporate power and social inequality, and calls have begun to emerge from within the movement around an array of demands, from a windfall tax on the richest 1 per cent, to Adbuster‘s “Robin Hood” tax on global financial transactions, … Keep reading »

  • Risks in Expanding Non-state Enterprises in the Cuban Economy

    This article is intended to call attention to the most important negative consequences that the recently announced decision to permit free hiring of salaried labour could generate in Cuban society. It also attempts to suggest some measures to increase the possibilities that the new non-state enterprises (self-employment, cooperatives, or conventional private businesses) may contribute to … Keep reading »