I’ve said many times (to the point where I find myself tedious, so surely others must too) that certain contemporary theorists such as Antonio Negri make claims which imply problematic assumptions about the past, including claims which over-emphasize the novelty of the present (or find novelty within elements of the present which are not as novel as they’re suggested to be). I also criticized comrades involved in edu-factory in a way that implied they had an implied overstatement of the newness of their views – I suggested they were calling for basically workers’ co-operatives. I recently had a talk with a friend about this category of The Common in some of the philosophical work by these folk. My hunch is that this category, in terms of its political content, is also quite like an older cooperativist or mutualist perspective. I’d like to back this claim up some more. I don’t have the time now, in part because I’m not as up on that philosophical work anymore. For now, some notes to get back to later.

See:

http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/0/8/7/1/0/pages87105/p87105-2.php

http://www.allacademic.com/one/www/research/index.php?cmd=www_search&offset=0&limit=5&multi_search_search_mode=publication&multi_search_publication_fulltext_mod=fulltext&textfield_submit=true&search_module=multi_search&search=Search&search_field=title_idx&fulltext_search=%3Cb%3EA+Cooperative+Commonwealth+of+Citizen-Workers%3A+The+Public+Philosophy+of+the+Early+American+Labor+Movement%3C%2Fb%3E&PHPSESSID=e66492840747a9fa88b2ffabea6e0bac

http://justcomm.org/fla-hist.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Agrarian-Socialism-Cooperative-Commonwealth-Saskatchewan/dp/0520020561

http://www.amazon.com/Gronlund-Cooperative-Commonwealth-Laurence/dp/0674170504
http://www.archive.org/stream/cooperativecomm00gronuoft/cooperativecomm00gronuoft_djvu.txt

http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/enterprise_and_society/v009/9.1.mazzenga.html

Emile Pataud & Emile Pouget, How We Shall Bring About the Revolution: Syndicalism and the Cooperative Commonwealth.

http://www.infibeam.com/Books/info/R-A-Dague/Henry-Ashton-A-Thrilling-Story-and-How/0548954372.html

The Cooperative Commonwealth as Secular Apocalypse, by Joseph L. Blau, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society; Summer1976, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p209, 14p

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy

http://www.google.com/custom?cof=GALT%3A%23a00000%3BGL%3A0%3BAH%3Acenter%3BLH%3A250%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.marxists.org%2Fadmin%2Fsearch%2Fsearch.jpg%3BLW%3A400%3BAWFID%3A98b2606990956b52%3B&domains=www.marxists.org&sitesearch=www.marxists.org&as_sitesearch=www.marxists.org%2F&hl=en&ie=8859-1&oe=8859-1&as_occt=body&num=30&btnG=Google+Search%21&as_epq=cooperative+commonwealth&as_occt=all&as_q=&as_oq=&as_eq=

Kerr Press –
Forbush, Zebina — The Co-opolitan: The Story of the Cooperative Commonwealth of Idaho.
Kerr, Charles H. — What Socialists Think: The Co-operative Commonwealth.

Kautsky, The co-operative commonwealth and why workmen are unemployed?

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