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What is less obvious is why social democratic states do not do no more to encourage and promote the most social democratic form of capitalism.*
Co-op movements in the UK were largely working class enterprises, which received managerial and financial advice from within the Methodist Christian movement which was traditionally associated with Co-ops.
However, the co-operative ideal was not the sort of over-arching explanation of the world attractive to middle class political "intellectuals". And so when the Labour movement began in the UK, it recieved its "intellectual" drive from dilettante middle class Marxists who preferred to strive for the impossibilism of overthrowing capitalism rather than its better managmement. They therefore distrusted the autonomy of co-ops which they felt were part of the capitalist system they were trying to sweep away.
Therefore both the Labour and Conservative party have, for different reasons, attempted to prevent the co-op movement from thriving.
Now that marxism has finally, belatedly expired, there is no left wing context for reviewing capitalism, we are left in the grip of mercantile corporatist raiders. All aided and abetted by governments of all hues who see no alternative to the immiseration of millions to enable the enrichment of the few.
Co-ops are probably assured of a good future in the UK, the alternative increasingly resembles a sort of fuedal slavery. But first they needed the dead hand of marxist socialism to be lifted from their backs.
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