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From Corporation to Cooperation: Beyond Greed, Destruction of the Environment and Enslavement of the People

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Change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fall that's all
But the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!


Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
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How do we change this? Do we need corporations to conduct free trade? Do business models more in favor of those that care about the health of people, the community and the Earth already exist? Could corporate profiteers be held more accountable for their misbehavior? Can we reward a form of business governance of, by, and for the people?



There are other models that are more responsive such as individual ownerships, partnerships and cooperatives. Individual ownership is simply when one person owns a business, such as Ted's Automotive. A Partnership is when two or more people share a business, such as Frank and Johnny's Ceramic Store. Cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by their members-either the employees or the people who use the co-op's services or buy its goods, or both-not by outside investors.

Co-ops elect their board of directors from within their membership. Thus both customers and employees have a stake in the business. This business style r eturns surplus revenues (income over expenses and investment) to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their "investment" or ownership share. These types of business are more motivated by service-to meet their members' needs or affordable and high quality goods or services. Cooperatives exist solely to serve their members. These members p ay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves while surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income.

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According to Jane Livingston (see link to Envision This! interview below), co-ops work in harmony with the ecosystem, and in many cases have risen in response to factory farming. One of the primary beliefs circulating throughout the co-op movement is that a healthy Earth means healthy people. According to Jane, capitalism is destroying the planet as well as democracy, and is a "failed economic system." She also states that the cooperative model rewards more positive behavior. They replace behaviors and mores that are anti-social and ecologically destructive, extracting wealth from the people and "resources" from the Earth.

According to Jane, there are Seven Guiding Principles that true cooperatives follow. These are:

  1. Voluntary and open membership

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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Corporations --> War; Cooperatives --> Peace... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:46:57 AM
I think I will paint it on the back of my old leat... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:26:52 PM
For writing this fine article and providing good a... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:24:37 PM
Thanks for writing this Daniel....I do appreciate ... by Burl Hall on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:20:25 PM