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    I brought up the USSR to highlight the problem with conceiving workable alternatives to corporate rule, and to show what pitfalls we have to avoid. I want to apologize for not making it plain why I was bringing up the USSR yet again.

    Of course I don't think the USSR is the only possible alternative to Mitt Romney and the Koch Brothers.

    What I would advocate is co-operative ownership of production and retail distribution.

    A co-op could be run by a board of directors elected by the workers, sometimes combined with representation of customers or users, and perhaps also of a minority that could be elected by shareholders.

    Credit unions, already a familiar institution, could replace banks.

    But let us be clear on one thing. Co-ops will not just gradually spread until they replace corporate owned production. The struggle against the bourgeosie is a political struggle. There must be a progressive government to foster the growth of the co-ops, instead of a capitalist government to foster the corporations.

    If the history of America has taught us anything, it's this. The government is never neutral.

    Find out about my next big thing by reading my blog. Link is here: http://bettysrants.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/my-next-big-thing/

    by Kimball Cross on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:34:16 AM PST

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