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Nice little story on a cafe in New Orleans transitioning to [[worker co-op]], working with [[Cooperation New Orleans]].

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/eat-drink/article_8ecf49a4-5cec-11eb-bdf9-7f7bdac1a89e.html

https://coopnola.org/who-we-are

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Interesting critique of [[worker coops]]. Main argument seems to be that they remove people from union organising and class struggle.

https://organizing.work/2021/01/you-cant-win-without-a-fight-why-worker-cooperatives-are-a-bad-strategy/

cooperatives retreat from the direct struggle between workers and owners to instead build worker-owners.

Not sure I get it… thoughts?

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Interview with Omana George of [[Electronics Watch]].

She discusses some of the problems in [[electronics supply chains]], and the general anti-union and anti-organising practices of tech firms.

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  • a nation is an inherently exclusive phenomena and defines itself in opposition to what it is
    • what counts as American in the US is often defined by what it is not. black people were not properly American until relatively recently, for example
  • A socialist nation is therefore a contradiction
  • most nations in Europe are younger than the US
    • although “France” or “Germany” pre-date the existence of the US, their governments and nationalisms do not
  • it’s hard to blame the Russian or German social democrats for participating in the state when both countries were autocracies where even nominal representation in government was a novelty
  • A lot of US leftists believe in what amounts to an inverted American exceptionalism
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