Economic Democracy

Economic Democracy

The Working-class Alternative to Capitalism

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
"Identifying capitalism as a system of socialized labour, privately owned capitalist collectives (corporations) and workplace (dictatorships), this book proposes economic democracy as an alternative form of organization. Unlike the capitalist system, which centralizes power with a small elite, economic democracy entitles everyone to a voice and equal vote in their communities' economic and political decisions. Workplace and community democracy will replace capitalist (corporate) dictatorship. Engler proposes that working-class change will be based on workplace organizations, community mobilizations and democratic political action; on gains and reforms that improve living conditions while methodically replacing wealthholders' entitlement with human entitlement, capitalist ownership with community ownership and master-servant relations with workplace democracy."--Publisher's website.

Book News
Lifelong trade unionist and social activist Engler describes and analyzes capitalism from the perspective of the working class, and makes the case that a working-class alternative to wage slavery is economic democracy. People who work for a living already do everything required to support themselves and society, he argues, and need capitalists a little less than they need tapeworms. His topics include malevolent capitalist markets, war as capitalist enterprise, workplace democracy, labor as the source of exchange value, the elitism of central planning, living in harmony with nature, early working-class gains and losses, and the limits of pro-capitalist reform. Distributed in the US by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Independent Publishing Group
Identifying capitalism as a system of privately owned corporations, this book envisions an alternative, more equitable form of economic organization within a democracy. Challenging the current system, which centralizes power within a small elite, this model points to democratic reforms in the workplace that could bring together organized labor, community mobilization, and political action to improve living conditions for all.

Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., c2010
Description: 111 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781552663462
Branch Call Number: 330.122 Eng


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