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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'For Worker Control'

Chris Dillow:

For worker control: ... Social democrats used to think that they did not need to challenge the fundamental power structures of capitalism because, with a few good top-down economic and social policies, capitalism could be made to deliver increased benefits for workers and the poor in terms both of rising real wages and better public services. ...

The "golden era" in which this was true has vanished. Instead, we face harsher times... Times have changed. So the left must change. ...

There's one context in which this is especially necessary - the workplace. ... If firms cannot or will not offer rising wages, they should at least offer non-pecuniary benefits: more control over working conditions and the assurance of good rewards if the business thrives in future. There are ... big benefits to doing so...

Of course, there are countless types and degrees of worker ownership and control, some compatible with capitalism and some not. But this is a strength, not a weakness.

My point here is a simple one. The days when the leftist politics could ignore the "hidden abode of production" because lightly modified capitalism would deliver the goods have gone. Our new times require new politics. ...

    Posted by on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 09:50 AM in Economics | Permalink  Comments (27)


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