Welcome!

to

Roger A. McCain's web site on the

Cooperative Commonwealth


A picture of the author This is a website for some of the ideas of Roger A. McCain,
the guy to the left. Dr. McCain's other website is at http://faculty.lebow.drexel.edu/mccainr/ . This website will focus mainly on Dr. McCain's political ideas, while the other website, at the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University, contains more or less professional writing in economics and game theory and nonpolitical personal material such as covered bridge pages and Drexel memorabilia.

Dr. McCain's politics are, to say the least, unconventional. These pages will attempt to persuade you we can create a better society, and that the better society would be a more or less socialist one in which production would be controlled not by the government but by workers' cooperatives -- a commonwealth of cooperatives.

Think about it. Explore further. You have nothing to lose but complacency.

Contents

  1. Cooperative Socialism
  2. A Sketch of a Practicable Cooperative Socialist Economic System
  3. Making the Case
    1. Reciprocity
    2. Values and Cooperative Socialism
    3. Some judgments of fact
    4. Is this socialism?
    5. Doesn't Socialism Conflict with Freedom?
    6. Is this anarchism?
    7. Why not capitalism?
    8. Voluntarism
    9. Democracy
    10. Decentralization
    11. Won't Worker Cooperatives Shirk and be Unproductive?
    Some More Or Less Unfinished Policy Essays
  4. Medical Care
  5. Green Political Economy -- never finished.
  6. OnTransition
  7. Guild Socialism Reconsidered
butterfly

I can't seem to get rid of the "decorative" blue-and-white butterflies and all that in the "index" page -- Comcast won't let me choose NO color scheme. But here is a real-world butterfly, a Great Spangled Fritillary. Butterflies can symbolize many things -- beauty, love, spirit, and the brevity of all those things. This butterfly symbolizes something else: specialization and interdependency. The Great Spangled Fritillary specializes in thistles, and is interdependent with them -- much as we human beings are interdependent with one another and with nature.