Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Anarcho-Syndicalism and Participatory Management

Hey Lenny,

Thanks for the excellent input.

Anarcho-syndicalism is a good theory with the exception that to realize the goals of humanity, quality of life, and sustainability, we will have to also change the way that resources are allocated within and among economic sectors. To realize these goals and the very very important additional goal of equity, we will have to change the way that resources are allocated to and within communities. (In other words, the "social rearrangement" (notice I didn't use the word "engineering") needs to extend beyond the workplace, also into our communities.

It is true that Capitalists co-opted the participatory management trend that started in Europe (probably most accurately Eastern Europe (my study of Comparative Economic Systems in the 70's suggested to me that the Yugoslavs had progressed the furthest towards developing true economic democracies in the workplace)). A fundamental world-wide paradigm shift from competition to cooperation, along with removing the profit-taking of Capitalism, would go a long way towards relaxing the tension with regards to the requisite expedience in decision-making that co-opts even genuine attempts (if there were any) of Capitalists to implement participatory management operations.

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