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What a fantastic diary.  Although I had heard of cooperatives, I did not know much about them, and have been quickly scanning the various links people have provided in these comments.  Most of the sites are very pro-cooperatives, so it is hard to tell whether the reality is up to the hype.  But I certainly hope it is.  (If you know of any serious texts that challenge the viability of cooperative-based capitalism as well, please let us know about those as well.)

One question I have is, do you think that cooperative-based capitalism could have led to the development of advanced technology as we have today in the same time frame that "free-market" capitalism did?

Point n'est besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre, ni de réussir pour persévérer. - Charles le Téméraire

by marco on Mon Jun 26th, 2006 at 05:38:00 AM EST
The Italien industrial coop cited create lots of patents (much more than the rest of Italy).

As for "advanced technology" most of it is produced by cooperating scientists on public funding anyway :).

I don't know of case studies between cooperative and non cooperative enterprises relative performance.

There are a lot of discussions in the media about "finding the right model", French model, EU model, USA model, but none of these discussion seem to even mention cooperatives to the public attention.

Italy mentions coop in its constitution IIRC, Naomi Klein movie The Take shows workers taking back factories as coop in Argentina, Venezuela government is currently pushing to organize a massive coop movement.

by Laurent GUERBY on Mon Jun 26th, 2006 at 07:23:44 AM EST
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If they spoke about finding the right model for the situation of the country they might be talking some sense. Unfortunately they seem to think there is one right model for everyone.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 26th, 2006 at 07:34:22 AM EST
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Of course, the job of an economist is to show that the solution exists and is unique.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jun 26th, 2006 at 07:39:57 AM EST
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And may be expressed as a mathematical model? </snarque>
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jun 26th, 2006 at 09:35:22 AM EST
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