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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Interesting Cooperative Site

There's a lot of good stuff on cooperatives at Zvi Galor's site. Some of the most interesting articles are on an Israeli institution called the Moshav. It's a village cooperative which uses the joint credit of the entire village to obtain loans for production inputs, and then markets the output cooperatively to pay off the loans.

The nexus between producers' cooperatives, cooperative credit, and consumers' and marketing co-ops is probably the single most important area for analysis for explaining why cooperatives degenerate into conventional capitalist enterprises when they don't exist within the larger framework of a cooperativist support network. It's also the key to envisioning what kinds of larger structures are necessary for cooperative economy to develop as a system, and to lay the groundwork for supplanting capitalism with a genuine free market.


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