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Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition That Is Shaping the Next Economy

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The origins of the next radical economy is rooted in a tradition that has empowered people for centuries and is now making a comeback.

A new feudalism is on the rise. While monopolistic corporations feed their spoils to the rich, more and more of us are expected to live gig to gig. But, as Nathan Schneider shows, an alternative to the robber-baron economy is hiding in
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Nation Books
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Michael Green
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I live in the same town as the Author and really appreciated all of the local knowledge. I loved learning about all the different Co-Op incarnations and projects along w/ the challenges that face these unique companies.

I HIGHLY recommend reading this book!
Kelly
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to seeing Nathan Schneider speak at RadicalxChange in March. Also pleasantly surprised to read so much about co-op activity here in Colorado (where I live). He mentions a few orgs and groups here that I want to look into.

There's something here that's not quite reconciled for me, and that is the frequent citations of how substantial co-op activity is coupled with how much they are constrained and still exist as "edge" activity. Interested to explore further...
Paul Bindel
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a how to manual, this book may disappoint. If you’re seeking clear chapters that break down specific categories of co-ops, it may also slip away from you. (Many parts of chapters were reconfigured from the author’s previous essays). Also, if you’re looking for a formula or model to save you from late capitalism, keep praying.

This book becomes more valuable the deeper you’re willing to go into the work and relationships of cooperatives yourself.

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Paul
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I used to think coops were unambiguously good things and possibly an alternative to corporations with the potential to stand up to them. The author convinced me that sadly they are no such thing. They are a cover for criminals and hippies and are only successful when ran like a traditional corporation.
Brian
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics
Nathan Schneider, who made his name as a reporter turned activist during his time with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, makes a case for cooperatives as the economic model of the future. The book starts out by looking at the 1937 Rochdale principles which establishes each person with an equal share and equal vote and a distribution of the profits. What is never sufficiently answered for me in the course of this argument is true large scale enterprises where this is operating and even the bigger ...more
Juju
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book I started on a whim, but totally got into and realized it was exactly the book I wanted to read at the moment. The dirty word that is left out of the title is "Cooperation", as in worker-owned businesses, but also as a concept. This book is a reminder that cooperation has become worse than a curse word in the current atomized age of distrust and division. This is not a how-to book, nor is it a comprehensive history. Instead, this is Nathan Schneider's wandering investigation into a ...more
Anna Keating
I think working for a co-op, more of a memoir, would have been more compelling to me as a general reader.
Zach
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A patience, perceptive walk through the history and now of co-ops. I found this book inspiring enough to look into co-ops I could join.
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“It wasn’t investigating my family history that put me on the lookout for cooperatives. I started looking because of stirrings I noticed as a reporter among veterans of the protests that began in 2011, such as Occupy Wall Street and Spain’s 15M movement. Once their uprisings simmered, the protesters had to figure out how to make a living in the economy they hadn’t yet transformed, and they started creating co-ops. Some were doing it with software—cooperative social media, cloud data, music streaming, digital currencies, gig markets, and more. But this generation was not all lost to the digital; others used cooperation to live by dirt and soil. The young radicals turned to the same kind of business that my buttoned-up, old-world, conservative grandfather did. Following them, I began following in my grandfather’s footsteps before I even knew it. Both” 0 likes
“Co-ops tend to take hold when the order of things is in flux, when people have to figure out how to do what no one will do for them. Farmers had to get their own electricity when investors wouldn’t bring it; small hardware stores organized co-ops to compete with big boxes before buying local was in fashion. Before employers and governments offered insurance, people set it up for themselves. Co-ops have served as test runs for the social contracts that may later be taken for granted, and they’re doing so again.” 0 likes
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