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  •  yes, but then what do you do with one? (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    What will you make that people will want, and how do you organize and finance the process?

    Keeping an operating facility going, with its supply chains, manufacturing processes, and customer base already extant, such as the takeover of Republic Window, is difficult enough, but doable.  Starting with an empty building and an idea is a bit trickier an effort.

    And then, of course, there have to be customers with the money to buy the products, eh?

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 09:55:00 AM PST

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    •  We have much to learn from the Argentines... (0+ / 0-)

      regarding this.

    •  That is the issue in a nut shell (2+ / 0-)
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      As I've said elsewhere there aren't factories just sitting around ready to be started up and run.  There are empty buildings, sometime with broken and rusting machinery.  I'd love to occupy a factory and start up a bike manufacturing business, but the actual building is such a tiny part of the cost that it would still be not reasonable to do.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:39:44 AM PST

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      •  There was an opportunity.... (0+ / 0-)

        a few years back in regard to a closing window factory.  It got occupied for a few days, but then the workers decided to take a severance package in exchange for not pressing the issue.

        Seriously -- think we can learn a lot from the Argentines.  There's a documentary somewhere about how they go about liberating (and that's the word they use) factories that have already been closed or ones that are about to be.

      •  you get it. (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        Any idiot can occupy a building.  

        Actually producing something useful that people will a) want, and b) have the money to buy is a bit more complicated.  I say this as someone who has spent decades building things and organizing people to get things done.

        don't always believe what you think

        by claude on Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 11:23:25 AM PST

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    •  Occupy the entire economy! (0+ / 0-)

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