Hi Dave,

So, you’re arguing that cooperatives don’t produce a profit? I’m sorry, but that’s simply not factual. Where is your information coming from? They operate similarly to any other business, in that their goal is to produce more income than they spend in expenses, and when they do, they divide that net profit up among their employees, or sometimes even customers who pay a yearly membership to be owners. The simplest Googling or Wikipedia search will reveal this to be true. Here is the number one result which comes up on a Google search for “cooperatives and profit”, perhaps you’ll find it informative.

Furthermore, a cooperative model of business does not require the removal of the market (centrally planned economy), as exemplified by the many cooperatives currently operating successfully in our free market. Here, the compatibility of economic democracy and the market was an entire section in this related article I wrote, 5 Reasons Capitalism Isn’t What You Think It Is.

I’m sorry, but I’m not going to spend much time addressing arguments that are so lacking in factual basis, so I will leave this brief. All the best.

Jonathan

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