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Online University of the LEFT : Solidarity economy (resources)

2015

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Résumé :

All economic systems have a core set of values. Capitalism has the maximization of wealth for its owners, Marxism has the self-emancipation of the working class, the green economy has sustainability and harmony with nature. The solidarity economy, for its part, has the core values of mutual aid and cooperation. The recent rise in the solidarity economy began largely as a response to neoliberalism in the third world. When global capital shattered the safety nets of local governments, the masses had nowhere to turn but to each other to find means for survival. This often took the form of cooperatives, which grew in many forms--peasants, workers, even garbage picker coops. As they form networks, they gained strength and political recognition, and are still doing so today. This page will provide resources on the topic