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By Donald A. R. George

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This article explains the motives and results of democratization in the company. It discusses staff' cooperatives, collective capital possession and commercial democracy. a subject matter such as issues equivalent to estate rights, democracy and the possession of capital needs to unavoidably be political and, even if the publication does current ordinary financial research, it additionally offers with political concerns. a considerable component of the ebook stories unique examine and, as well as this, the booklet surveys a number of the appropriate literature and proposes new associations and guidelines during which a self-managed region can be promoted lower than capitalism.

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Firstly it is quite consistent with the principles of self-management that there should be in the economy many firms which individuals would be free to seek to join. Thus no one firm could be regarded as compulsory or monopolistic in the sense described above. Moreover, individuals would be free to create new firms by agreement amongst themselves, thus forming 'contracts' without claiming the right to authority over future generations. 24 Economic Democracy There are, of course, many varieties of anarchism, most of which can be regarded as versions of either radical individualism or of anarchocommunism.

3 MARXISM Anarchism has been the target of sustained attack from a Marxist perspective. Marx himself mounts a lengthy attack on Proudhon in Self-Management, Anarchism and Democracy 21 The Poverty of Philosophy while Bakunin and Kropotkin have engaged in lengthy and bitter debate with Marxists. Part of the argument surrounds the philosophy of history which was central to the Marxist position and part surrounds the issue of political action. Unsurprisingly anarchists totally reject the notion of a 'dictatorship of the proletariat' and the powerful centralised state that this entails.

It is worth noting that Marxists have traditionally viewed socialism as a transition stage and argued that the state will eventually 'wither away', leading to communism. This view was developed by the Yugoslav communists (among others) whose ideas 28 Economic Democracy are discussed in chapter three. It leads Marxists to a position not dissimilar to that of the anarcho-communists and with the same central difficulty. How is economic activity to be coordinated without markets or a plan? 4 DEMOCRACY Anarchists regard the state, even the democratic state, as the central evil and capitalist production as a secondary, derivative, evil.

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