Why Cooperatives?

We must remember that in Marx's time, the proletariat was the most privileged fraction of the working class and, thus, thought to be indispensable to capitalism and the revolutionary agent. This is no longer true because of automation, off shoring, and globalization. The new revolutionary agent is what we call the cyletariat or knowledge and affective workers also called, erroneously, the feminization of labor. These workers often work in decentralized teams and rely on creativity for production. The organization of labor is thus contradictory since the more capitalist discipline applied, the less productive the workers. This is not to say that the rest of the working class shouldn't be organized, but that the entirety of the working class is being subsumed under this new labor discipline. It is also to say that the cyletariat is not being organized for self-determination, but under such campaigns as Fight for $15. While these are necessary fights, these campaigns use traditional organizing strategies and tactics in a drastically changed capitalism, a capitalism that has conquered the world, having no outside. All resistance is, thus, within global Empire. The theoretical exploit of this system is that, if no labor discipline is the best discipline, there is little standing in the way of the self-determination of workers. If the means of production are in and of themselves, worker's knowledge and affective production capacity, the workers already own them. All that is needed is a basic organizational structure (cooperative) and a means to disseminate that knowledge (basic website). While the world may seem to be falling apart, the solutions are, quite literally, in our minds.