Yesterday Thom mentioned Co-operativism as an alternative to Capitalism as we know it. I don't think I have ever heard labor considering that option, at least not from the labor leadership. Somehow it seems that as a society we are locked in an insane dance of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. On the left (the further left, not necessarily the far left) it seems that the hope is that if Obama gets his second term he'll become more FDR-like. Now I do believe FDR was indeed a fantastic president, and he did usher in a very prosperous era for America, however, as he himself said he saved Capitalism from itself. On top of that and in retrospect, he either postponed the demise of Capitalism or oversaw the pendulum swing back to more economic fairness. So now the further left wishes to again postpone the demise of Capitalism, or hope that the pendulum will swing back. Either case entails re-regulating our financial institutions and improving our tax codes. Well fine that may very well again bring us a temporary era of economic fairness in which unions again gain strength by swelling of membership. But the key word is... temporary, and is that the best we can hope for? I don't think so. The occupy movement's most prevalent theme is 'no leaders' of the movement but consensus decisions. Because of this I think that building a cooperative work force is indeed the natural direction that the occupy movement should be heading. Instead of occupying public spaces and foreclosed homes, they should seriously consider and earnestly occupy abandoned factories/businesses and re-open them as cooperatives. Labor proceeds capital, if labor takes over the reigns of production, then production becomes management and total equality in the workplace will be hard to contain in the workplace. I guess I just think that its absurd to think that demanding the 1% to change their ways by protest is going to substantially change anything. I think its time for labor to realize, they don't need top down management, that work places can be completely ran democratically and there is no reason to wait for someone to say it is OK to do so, in fact it is imperative not to wait for something that will never happen. If that were to happen, the 1% would have less and less capital to control government, because their Corporations profit margins will shrink. I know it won't be easy, and that occupying abandoned factories will be controversial to say the least, and being able to hold them difficult. Though I think there is a better chance of occupiers being able to barricade themselves in buildings and making the cost of removing them far more difficult then sweeping them out of public places. I believe Government's natural place is to administer to the needs of its society, and the form of any Government is shaped by its society. In our society we allow a few to tell many what to do, that is the very essence of our work culture. If we were to change our everyday work environment, in which we all feel we have a say, how could that not effect our Government and shape it into our everyday expectations of having our opinions listened to?