Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 9, 2012, 5:42 p.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
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Below is my extremly high-level sketch off the top of my head for how we might actually change America.
PART ONE -- Small Businesses < 500 employees. Create and pass into national law an Economic Constitution (EC). A portion of the EC will contain a list of all the known business models such as Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, LLC, Corporation, Cooperative, etc. The advantages and disadvantages of each will be specified within the EC. Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, and LLC will be considered "startup" and/or limited impact businesses. Their contribution on a national scale is very important, but unlikely to cause considerable damage to the national economy as in "too big to fail" bailouts, etc. Continue to provide incentives for these small businesses as exists today. These business are assumed to be limited in size to less than 500 employees (an arbitrary number on my part -- this could be any number agreed on by the founders of the EC). Include incentives, but not requirements, for encouraging small businesses to adopt the Cooperative model at some point in their future by providing tax breaks and other rewards.
PART TWO -- Corporations and Cooperatives >500 employees. Impose a deadline that all existing Corporations in excess of 500 employees (arbitrary number on my part) be required to convert to the Coopertive model by 20 years (also arbitrary) from the date the EC is adopted. Any new Cooperatives shall be required to have at least one-third of their employees having had previous experience with the Co-op model for no less than 5 years or 1 year formal education regarding Cooperatives (NOTE: the size and year requirements just presented are completly arbitrary on my part and could/should be changed to more realistic/desirable requirements as TBD by the EC founders). This ensures that the new co-op has enough employees either with prior experience or formal education to ensure the venture has a good chance of succeeding.
The encouragement of small businesses converting to co-ops and the creation of new co-ops cannot be underestimated. This will provide the larger corporations of 500+ employees a means of observing practical examples of existing co-ops in action in order to educate them toward planning their transition strategy and to make gradual adjustments within their corporate culture. Provide early adopter corporations with tax incentives and other rewards and government assistance in the form of consultants and other experts (entire businesses may/will spring up within the 20 year timeframe designed to assist Corporate America with the challenges of the transition).
PART THREE -- Once the 20 year deadline is reached, and all corporations have converted to the cooperative model, abolish the corporate entity from being legally re-established. As in the current US Constitution, the EC will provide amendment possibilities following the same (or similar) requirements currently in existence for ratification by the states (the ratification requirements don't have to be exactly the same -- that can be determined by the founders of the EC).
The above is just a quick sketch off the top of my head to provide a small glimpse of what might be possible and how it might play out. Undoubtedly there would be many more details and changes to the suggestions I have provided, but this provides some basic idea about how we would transition the country to a new way of doing things and put Corporatocracy on the scrapheap of history.
UPDATE: The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. For more information, please click the link below.