Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 21, 2014, 11:44 a.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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Capitalism is a system in which the means of production are owned privately. In other words, some people own the economic institutions, while others don't. The owners then pay people -- the workers -- to produce the goods and services that the institutions are in the business of providing. Even though the workers are the ones producing the goods that the institution offers, they don't have any say in how the business is run. The ones who make the decisions are the ones at the top: the owners, the CEOs etc. In other words, the institution has a top-down hierarchy, in which a small group make the decisions, while the rest of the ones involved don't have a say and instead have to take orders.
This way of organizing production is very undemocratic.
So why should it be this way? Why should we allow the institutions in society to be run by a non-elected elite? If we believe in democracy, people having a say in the things they're affected by, shouldn't the economy then be democratized?
If democracy is implemented into the workplace, it means that capitalism and the tyrannical hierarchies that go along with it, will be dismantled. Implementing democracy into the workplace means that the means of production are owned collectively by the ones involved in the business.
Capitalism should be dismantled and replaced by democracy -- including workplace democracy; a real participatory democracy.
A large scale society like this won't come over night, it's going to be an ongoing process -- and the work has already begun:
Here are some others things that can be done in the struggle for a free and democratic society: