By Camila Piñeiro Harnecker
This booklet offers the cooperative economic system as a attainable replacement to the neoliberal capitalist and authoritarian socialist types at the moment in use world wide. The authors contend that the cooperative version is predicated on ideas necessary to development a extra simply and equitable society. The democratic selection making approach is vital for advancing in the direction of a society which could larger fulfil fabric and non secular wishes, supporting to inspire staff and selling harmony. it's argued that the cooperative version wouldn't basically be of serious use for the commercial reform at the moment happening in Cuba, yet could noticeably remodel different societies besides.
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Extra resources for Cooperatives and Socialism: A View from Cuba
That way, their coordinated efforts allow them to be more effective, both in economic and ethical terms, and consequently, in meeting the material and spiritual needs of their members. Interest or commitment to the community According to the ICA, cooperatives should work for the sustainable development of their communities, guided by policies that are accepted by their members. However, this may be the principle that is least observed by cooperatives. Nevertheless, in some cases, the benefits of cooperatives’ social funds have a scope that is larger than their memberships, acquiring a truly social character by bringing benefits to their surrounding communities.
Also, cooperatives will be easier to supervise and to orient toward the satisfaction of community needs in more direct ways than just tax contributions. While the cooperative management model unquestionably is not the only way to organize business activity, nor the most appropriate for all economic activities, and depends on the concurrence of the wishes of a group of people willing to work as a team and to make decisions consensually, it is based on precepts that are essential to any socialist project.
20 Camila Piñeiro Harnecker If cooperatives have been able to expand and be successful in the world, all the more reason for them to do so in Cuba, because they would have people who are better prepared to democratically manage their enterprises, with relatively high levels of education, self-confidence, equality, and solidarity, and in many cases who are already participating in “informal” self-management processes. Also, having a state that would favor the cooperative sector, that would accompany it and guide it without impositions, would give Cuban cooperatives an advantage that others are demanding elsewhere in the world.
Cooperatives and Socialism: A View from Cuba by Camila Piñeiro Harnecker