“It was not an accidental occurrence or for flippant reasons that Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin saw cooperative economics and labor self-management as useful tools in the struggle for socialism and the undermining of capitalism.”
“The oppressed are in a position to build a counterhegemonic practice that mirrors the embryonic values and institutions of the future socialist society, while living within the existing capitalist, patriarchal and racist social order.”
“Cooperative economics and labor self-management provide the members of the laboring classes who experience class exploitation and domination and non-class forms of oppression with practical economic tools to challenge the economic and political power of the economic and political elite.”
“politics without economics is symbol without substance”
real-time map of "where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it" https://www.electricitymap.org/?page=map&solar=false&remote=true&wind=false
Spread good vibes and good info.
If anyone wants 3.9 points (= 3 books you can mooch), send me a message, you can donate your points to anyone.
Nice, I still have 3.9 points!
You basically just swapped second-hand books with people by post. I used it loads like 10/15 years ago. Got some great books off there back in the day, from all around the world.
It even had it’s own alternative currency, in a way. You got points for book you gave away, to then request books you wanted.
Looks like it’s still going.
Does inventaire.io do a similar thing?
syncthing was killing my battery on Android. When I finally got around to looking into it, turns out there’s a github issue, a month’s worth of debugging and discussion, and a fix that dropped about 10 days ago.
Love how you can see all this out in the open.
Part of why Cooperation Jackson was able to get going was Mississippi was bypassed by traditional capitalism. Preston is economically depressed. Rojavan revolution grew in the vacuum of conflict. Puerto Rico is reorganising as a community after natural disaster.
There is ‘the shock doctrine’ and ‘disaster capitalism’. We should have ‘the cooperation doctrine’, ‘disaster anarchism’. Or, more poetically, as per Rebecca Solnit, paradises made in hell.
There’s a ton of ride sharing groups for activists on Facebook.
We got any in the fediverse?
(Say I wanted to hitch a ride from the UK to Calais, I’d post in the group or find someone who already posted that they’re going that way.)
Accidental Anarchist is a gripping documentary charting a British diplomat’s unexpected journey from Whitehall’s corridors of power to northern Syria, where in a frontline in the war against ISIS a new model of democracy is being pioneered.
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Interesting read about some of the issues faced at the system level as cooperatives get large and embedded in global markets. As experienced by Mondragon.
US friends – just so you know:
it is bullshit and illegal under federal law for electronics manufacturers to put “Warranty Void if Removed” stickers on their gadgets, and it’s also illegal for companies to void your warranty if you fix your device yourself or via a third party
My #socialcoop story
Joined social.coop about 7 months ago (214 days ago to be precise).
I’d heard about Mastodon before & had a profile on mastodon.social that I wasn’t really using.
Think I most probably heard about social.coop from the CoTech (a forum of UK tech coops.)
Since joining I’ve learned a lot more about co-ops, got more political, got involved in our reading group, and got a little involved in how our instance works through our Loomio.
It’s been great!
Interesting article on the tech choices behind CommonsCloud.
(CommonsCloud is a platform coop combining Discourse, NextCloud and Phabricator. They’re trying to build an online collaboration platform for the solidarity economy.)
Just saying, nomadic identity and cloning, these are smart ideas:
“Nomadic identity means true ownership of online identity. With Hubzilla, you don’t have an account on a server, you own an identity that you can take with you across the grid. You can clone a channel across multiple hubs for resilience against network failures or censorship, or you can completely move a channel from one hub to another, taking your data and connections with you.”
Kudos to #Hubzilla on that.
Resist and build.
Piece about tech #coops leading an upswing of workers coops in the UK and the causes of the previous decades of decline in number of worker coops. The sixth coop principle - cooperation between cooperatives is stronger in counties that have not seen the same kind of decline of worker coops. bob cannell: Some Reasons why the 1970s Wave of UK Worker Coops Faded Away and Why there is an Upsurge in the 2010s - https://bobcannell.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/some-reasons-why-1970s-wave-of-uk.html
Great interview with David Bollier on the commons (natural, urban, digital), commoning, re-recognising the value in things that sit outside of market economics and exchange value. (Contains the bombshell that apparently 20% of the human genome has already been enclosed and patented. WTF?!)
In general, how do you become a member of a housing coop? (And more specifically, how in the UK? Anyone with experience of doing so?)
After the latest update, syncthing is really killing my battery on Android.