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    starts pursing their individual interests instead of the community interests.  This is ok if you are a capitalist, but it is the very opposite of a cooperative venture which requires cooperation for the community as a whole.  People can choose, to some degree which value system they prefer -- individual capitalist competition with no accountability to the group (especially for outside investors who don't even work at the enterprise and might easily prefer an investment that takes jobs abroad for cheap labor to one that keeps the workers in their community with stable jobs).  You are preaching exactly what Griffiths warned about -- the separation of business and cooperative values.  Can't do it. It doesn't mean however, that a committed group can't succeed because we have plenty of evidence that good coops do generally follow the coop principles and succeed -- it is usually when they don't follow the principles that they end up bickering, getting into tradtional on the job power struggles and go under--or just turn in to regular businesses.  SEE DAVE GRIFFITHS ARGUMENT BELOW.
    It is hard to think outside the capitalist system when you have been a part of it for so long -- and I'm sure we can't really step outside the system or pretend we are not influenced by it.But picking the simpistic solution is not always best in the long run. We can grow and even develop bigger cooperate networks without tossing the principles out the window.  The growth will, however, be a little slower.  But as the development of coops in hard times has shown us, it is often more sustainable.

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