This is part III of what will be a three or four part series on the social implications of Pagan religion.
Some Pagans probably found my previous essay on alternative forms of economic organization,such as the Mondragon workers cooperatives, far removed from a strictly Pagan site’s expected interests.At first glance it does seem far removed.Here is why I think it is not and in fact goes directly to who we are.
Capitalism seems invulnerable today not because anyone likes it, informed decent people do not, but because it is hard to imagine a realistic alternative. State socialism failed, and failed in a horrible way.Going back to the land is impossible for more than a relative few of us.Markets work better than explicit controls and markets seem inevitably to generate capitalism.We seem trapped.
But markets are not as predictable as economists claim and most economists confuse their theoretical categories with the real world of men and women. Consider the Mondragon cooperativesin the Basque country of northern Spain. In September, 2012, I had the opportunity to visit these cooperatives in September of 2012 as part of an annual study group organized by the Praxis Peace Institute.Given all that I had heard, I felt that while I could not easily afford to go financially, I could not afford not to go intellectually.