Some recent resources on the emergent, non-hierarchical,
pre- and post-Marxist replacement for capitalism and totalitarianism: 'Co-operative Socialism'
John Courtneidge January 2014
Offered in hope of additions!
Searching for the "Co-operative Commonweal" (nb Commonweal - 'the well-ness of all, in all', as compared with Commonwealth - 'the co-operatively-cared-for economic resources. created for all, by the creator': offered, here, as working definitions), gives:
- a recent blog reference to Pat Conarty's December 2013 work on Co-operatives and Commons:
This relates well to a PowerPoint paper I gave at New Lanark in August 2008 for the UK Society for Co-operative Studies conference upon the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Owen (see the book New Visions of Society: Robert Owen for the 21st-century', edited by Richard Bickle and Molly Scott Cato, Scottish Left Review Press, 2008):
'Emotions, Personalities & Politics' PDF in:
Additionally, with much work in north America: eg the work of Manfred Max Neef, Mike Nickerson ( 'Planning for Seven Generations: Guideposts for a Sustainable Future', 1995), Keith Helmuth and other Canadian and US Quakers on 'Right Relationships': Building a Whole Earth Economy Keith Helmuth - see, for example:
- The Presentation for the “Forum on Faith and a Sustainable Economy,” Commission on Justice and Peace, Canadian Council of Churches, May 12, 2009, Ottawa:
These are only part of a wave of new, emergent propositional politics for which the developed role of non-hierarchical co-operation and : co-operatives are seen as key (given the 1995 development of the Statement on the Co-operative Identity issued by The International Co-operative Alliance:
The release of which reinforced the Campaign for Co-operative Socialism as a Fair World Project:
See, for example, the 1995 seven point plan (for Co-operative Socialism) in the Peace News Issue 2446
And The Network Project collection, 'The Kingdom of Heaven - by Tuesday!'.
Collectively, all these recent developments seem to be building towards an evolution of the Occupy social movement - to one for Co-operative Socialism as both a pre- and post-Marxist replacement for capitalism and totalitarianism, to a not-hierarchical democratic socialism that I term Co-operative Socialism:
The Global Co-operative Commonweal - by Tuesday!
Clearly this is only a preliminary list - sadly not including materials in languages not in English and not with the benefit of scholarly support.
I hope that all this 'co-operative, social-production of well-ness' finds its way into legislation and social reality - somewhere a political movement, the political party, needs to do that - somewhere! Soon! I hope!
But, I hope these resources help!
For a Fair World - by Tuesday!
For all, in all,
ps Wikipedia has, so far, declined to open a new page on 'Co-operative Socialism'. Perhaps that needs reviewing: by some, more appropriate than me, Wikipedia editors.
pps At my friend Grata's request I've uploaded (2nd/4th January 2014) two videos on Co-operative Socialism:
13 mins (with graphics):