The origins of the next radical economy is rooted in a tradition that has empowered people for centuries and is now making a comeback.
A new feudalism is on the rise. While monopolistic corporations feed their spoils to the rich, more and more of us are expected to live gig to gig. But, as Nathan Schneider shows, an alternative to the robber-baron economy is hiding in plain sight; we just need to know where to look.
Cooperatives are jointly owned, democratically controlled enterprises that advance the economic, social, and cultural interests of their members. They often emerge during moments of crisis not unlike our own, putting people in charge of the workplaces, credit unions, grocery stores, healthcare, and utilities they depend on.
Everything for Everyone chronicles this revolutionfrom taxi cooperatives keeping Uber at bay, to an outspoken mayor transforming his city in the Deep South, to a fugitive building a fairer version of Bitcoin, to the rural electric co-op members who are propelling an aging system into the future. As these pioneers show, co-ops are helping us rediscover our capacity for creative, powerful, and fair democracy.
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About the Author
Nathan Schneider is a journalist and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has written for publications including Harper's, The New Republic, The Nation, the New York Times, and The Catholic Worker. This is his third book. Schneider lives in Boulder, CO.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Equitable Pioneers 1
1 All Things in Common: Prehistory 18
2 The Lovely Principle: Formation 41
3 The Clock of the World: Disruption 72
4 Gold Rush: Money 101
5 Slow Computing: Platforms 133
6 Free the Land: Power 169
7 Phase Transition: Commonwealth 209
Illustration Credits 269