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    TPau, Geminijen, Justina, northsylvania

    capitalism, they can do a vertically integrated model on a separate market for inputs as well as outputs and distribution. It was an error on the part of Mondragon and inevitably it has led to the problems that they are seeing. Cooperatives can sell in cooperatives stores, buy as much inputs as possible from other cooperatives. They simply cannot compete against capitalist producers and distributors, selling an alternative product in an alternative market would be a better strategy. But it is true that trying to create an alternative model in the middle of capitalism is extremely difficult; but if they had stayed that way they had more legitimacy amongst alternative producers and consumers. It is a big loss for everyone! The thought of the situation degenerating so badly that women workers had to strike against them is depressing.

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 04:07:21 PM PDT

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