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bloudermilk · 2018-11-10 · Original thread
For those who aren't familiar with his work, Richard Wolff is the author of [Democracy at Work][0] and strong proponent of worker owned and governed businesses.

[0]: https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism/dp/...

specialist · 2017-08-30 · Original thread
"There's no genuine, credible anti-corporate voice in American politics."

I note that you said "corporate" vs "capital(ism)". Thank you for making the distinction.

Most liberals I hang with favor a Sander-esque version of capitalism meets socialism. Balancing capitalism (ready access to capital), competition, open markets with a strong safety net and democracy. Balancing rewarding achievement and merit with ensuring fairness, not abandoning people.

What does that look like?

I think it looks like more democracy. Every where.

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I've used democratic decision making in the workplace. It's very effective. Think of it as better governance meets social cognition.

Although probably not original, I just kinda made it up, mostly modeled after the USA's Constitution (balance of power) and Demming/Ford quality circles (empowerment, joint decision making).

Since, I've been keenly interested in any effort swimming in the same direction. Co-ops, worker owned companies, the political philosophy of the Occupy Movement, whatever I can find.

I recently read this book. It's good survey of our current pickle (winner takes all economy, chaotic boom/bust cycles) with an okay primer on worker self directed enterprises (WSDE). The "more democracy" prescription is the closest I've found to my experiences. But being rhetoric vs a howto, it lacks actionable steps.

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism/dp/...

http://www.democracyatwork.info

clumsysmurf · 2017-03-31 · Original thread
"We’d also like to discuss how tech companies can heal the divide in our country. We believe that tech companies can create a better economic future for all Americans by spreading high-paying technology jobs around the country and other measures."

Isn't the elephant in the room extreme capitalism? Tech is just accelerating it.

Perhaps the alternative is workers managing their own workplaces:

https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism/dp/...

specialist · 2017-03-16 · Original thread
Governance, government. Sure. I can buy that.

Are member-owned and worker-owned just variations on a theme?

https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism/dp/...

specialist · 2017-02-04 · Original thread
Two big reasons.

#1 Abundant labor, meaning buyers market, so developers don't have leverage. This has a pretty good primer on the topic:

Democracy At Work

https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-at-Work-Cure-Capitalism/dp/...

#2 I'm as pinko commie liberal socialist as they come, and I can't imagine how even the most well intentioned (least alt-factual neo-reactionary libertarian) group of developers can coordinate collectively. Said another way, I can't imagine preventing the free-rider, defector problem.

This book covers the sociology of collective action:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Logic_of_Collective_Action

Maybe, just maybe, there's a unifying issue or policy, like protecting privacy rights, that could motivate most developers to pull in the same direction... Just to throw out an idea as an example.

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