The Return of the Coordinator Class

Building up an economic alternative creates necessarily a set of problems, says Albert. That could be seen in Argentina. Hundreds of firms were taken over by workers in the wake of the economic downturn in 2001. Albert talks about encounters with a number of workers in Argentina who took over bankrupt firms abandoned by their owners and the coordinator class. While workers managed to get the plants back to work the take overs did not end up with a real alternative. In only a few years hierarchies and alienations showed up again, workers complain. But the reason for this development has nothing to do with human nature, says Albert. The problem was instead: The firms kept to the old division of labor and markets. A new class of coordinators took over and created again hierarchies while markets increased inequalities. These old institution have to be dismantled, too, and replaced by alternatives. Participatory endeavors should also be connected and focused on a shared goal to make them sustainable in creating an economy for the future.

See also: Part One: Parecon on German TV
And: Part Three: An Alternative to the Always-Crisis

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