Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
One of my recent favorites has been Sweden: The Middle Way, a book on the Swedish cooperative movement by an American journalist writing in the 1930s.  

The approach of the Swedish cooperatives (consumer) to pricing is interesting.  They purposely attacked those products with the greatest profit margins. With the internet, this whole model seems to present intriguing possibilities. The section on the Phoebus Cartel seems most relevant.

Imagine if you had a coop website that broke down where the money went, and challenged firms in the rest of the economy to do the same.  When you go to get a car fixed you expect a breakdown of part costs, labor, etc.  Why the hell shouldn't we expect the same when we make any other purchase?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Nov 21st, 2013 at 11:08:49 AM EST

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