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  THE COOPERATIVE, DECENTRALIZED SOCIETY ADVOCATE

I prefer cooperation to competition, since the latter can bring out the worst in people. I prefer locally controlled economic arrangements involving a mixture of cooperative, employee-owned, and private businesses. I like voluntary, democratic organizations in which people join hands in promoting community, common good, and self reliance. I prefer decentralized economic or government structures, since they can better respond to local needs. I dislike big, authoritarian, centralized corporate or government structures. Instead, I think that, while planning can involve a whole bioregion, power and decision making should diffuse down to the lowest level possible, ideally to community, neighborhood, individual -- and all would participate. 

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

prefers co-operation to competition 

likes worker or consumer owned businesses/ co-operatives 

prefers decentralized economic or government structures

prefers decentrally planned economy

summary Wikipedia article: Co-operative Economics

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2133

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 36

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 32 entries           Songs!                Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #48: The Cooperative, Decentralized Society Advocate

History of the Co-operative Movement  (from online encyclopedia)
Consumer Co-operatives (from online encyclopedia)
Worker Co-operatives (from online encyclopedia)
Economic Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Democratic Socialism (from online encyclopedia)
Community Economics  (from online encyclopedia)
Grassroots Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Community Supported Agriculture (from online encyclopedia)
Community vs. Society  (from online encyclopedia)
Mutualism  (from online encyclopedia)
Cohousing (from online encyclopedia)
The International Co-operative Alliance (organization promoting "co-operative enterprises build a better world")
The Co-operative Hall of Fame (honors "heroes" of the co-operative movement; sponsored by The Co-operative Development Foundation)
Common Good Finance (philosophy behind "Creating common good banks, economics for a new society")
Historic Foundations of Cooperative Philosophy, by Greg Lawless
The University of Wisconsin Center for Co-operatives
Centre for Co-operative and Community Based Economy (U. of Victoria based, promotes research, learning) 
Cooperative Economics Resources
Food Co-ops in America by Annie Meis Knupfer (more about this 2013 book from Cornell University Press)
"When Workers Are Owners"   (article from The Economist August 22, 2015
"Lending to Poor Farmers--Seeding the Market" (report on success of rural collectives from The Economist March 14 2015)
"Why We Need a Bank at the Post Office"  by John Nichols (article from The Nation March 3 2014)
"Mondragon: Trouble in Workers' Paradise"  (article about world's largest co-ops in Spain from The Economist November 9 2013)

"What's Minted in Berkshire County Stays There: Finding Reward in Local Currency"  (report on PBS News Hour Sep 5 2013)

"Time Banks Help Spaniards Weather Economic Crisis" by Lauren Frayer (Sep 2012 story on NPR)
"A Co-operative Economy: The Time is Now" by Carmen Lianes (August 26 2011 Green for All blog)
"Solidarity-Based and Co-operative Economy and Ethical Business" by S. Buglione, R. Schulter (2010 paper)
"A Co-operative Economy--What Might it Look Like?" by Jake Karlyle  (October 2005 conference paper)
"How a Community Based Co-op Economy Might Work" by Dave Pollard (August 2010 article)
Co-operative Economics--An Interview with Jaroslav Vanek (Cornell University Economics Professor)
The Case for Workers' Co-ops by Robert Oakeshott  (read excerpts of this 1990 book at Google Books)
Beyond Statism and the Market Economy: A New Concept of Democracy, by Takis Fotopoulos
Economics of Transition from State-Capitalist to Cooperative Enterprises, by Roger McCain
The Case Against the Global Economy And For a Turn Toward the Local ed. Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith (from Sierra Club Books)
Sustainable Community Economics
Institute for Local Self Reliance
Institute for Social Ecology
Local Harvest (organization promoting "real food, real farmers, real community")
Community Economies Project 
The Cohousing Association of the United States
Global Ecovillage Network
Community Supported Agriculture (from USDA's Alternative Farming System's Information Center)
Cooperative Economics: An Interview with Jaroslav Vanek
Bioregional Democracy (from online encyclopedia)
Planet Drum Foundation ("a voice for bioregional sustainability, education, and culture")
Cooperatives and Microenterprise Projects are Successful in the Philippines
An Overview of Decentralism by Kirkpatrick Sale
Beyond Individualism and Centralization, by Dennis R. Fox
Cooperative Economics--Movement for Beloved Community
Cooperative / Participatory Society vs. Socialist Society Debate (from Z magazine)  
The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel (online book)
Inclusive Democracy and Participatory Economics, by Takis Fotopoulos
Democratic Socialists of America
Rural Cooperatives Center
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Association of Housing Cooperatives
The European Association of Cooperative Banks
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quotes related to community

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