4. Cooperatives Are an Antidote to Both the Greed and the Apathy of Capitalists
Capitalism does some things very well, and some things very badly.
Some things are not profitable enough for it to do at all.
Sometimes a cooperative can do it better.
I was one of the original members of the Cambridge Food Co-op when it started back in the 1970s. There was one supermarket in the neighborhood, known for high prices and produce that had always travelled 3000 miles in a truck, even when it was in season locally.
We built the Cambridge Food Co-op in a basement a few doors down and brought much fresher produce (and everything else), better prices, and a lot of healthy stuff that the supermarket simply didn't carry. The co-op was still there when I left the area some years later, I hear it has combined with another food co-op now.