Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another Way?

"The heart of the political problem is that Americans simply do not favor redistributive policies." 

David Imbroscio, From Redistribution to Ownership: Toward an Alternative Policy for American Cities. Urban Affairs Review 2013 49: 787 (July 2013 online).

Imbroscio takes a whack at just about all social change approaches except worker-owned enterprises. EITC is dismissed even though it is the largest anti-poverty program in the U.S.; the 29 million "middle skill jobs" projected for the next decade are a figment of our imaginations; and he makes no mention of community organizing or community/labor coalitions. Alternatively, he argues Americans may be ready to embrace the worker coops of Mondragon, based upon several highly subsidized examples in Cleveland and San Diego. Imbroscio is right that our policy discussions and remedies are stuck. Unfortunately, his leap of faith (with a few qualifications) doesn't make for a plausible agenda. We need to go back to the drawing board.

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