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T H E P R O B L E M - P A R T O N E
How can I be a slave as a worker? My company gave me a job. They give me money. They give me health benefits. When my work life is over, they'll give me a pension. Does a slave receive these things from their master?
I've never thought of our social problems comprehensively like that, before. I've never really put 2 and 2 together, to realize how so many of our problems seem to spring from the normal way capitalism works. OK, let's assume for a minute that our money-and-profit system, capitalism itself, is the problem. What do we do?
Does BOMA have a program of "immediate demands," in other words, a set of social reforms and improvements it officially calls for, to benefit people now, while we wait for adoption of a Cooperative system?
Why doesn't BOMA adopt official positions of support, as similar groups do, in favor of, for example, women's reproductive rights, gay rights, illegal immigrants rights, a raise in the minimum wage, immediate withdrawal from Iraq, anti-recruitment, or many other reform causes?
T H E S O L U T I O N - P A R T O N E
In a Cooperative Society, if work no longer occurs in the context of profit-based corporations which control us, how would work be structured so that we control the economy, and thus we become the powerholders?
What if the majority democratically votes for a resource allocation which does not address the stated needs of certain people or groups? Isn't there a potential tension in trying to decide resource allocations and make social decisions based on democracy and need?
Capitalism is lauded, in part, for its entrepreneurism, which is seen as a dynamic and necessary part of society, especially as a driver of economic activity. What will happen to entrepreneurs and entrepeneurism in a Cooperative Society?
T H E S O L U T I O N - P A R T T W O
The Cooperative Society, as you've described it, really does sound great. Suppose a majority of people were persuaded, and decided to vote for the appropriate constitutional changes to actually make it happen. Isn't it possible the result could turn out disastrously?
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