Korsch on Marx on Gotha on Co-operatives

From Karl Korsch's Introduction to the Critique of the Gotha Programme (1922) "Equally complex and at first sight obscure motives lie behind Marx’s furious and relentless attack in section III on the one socio-economic demand the Gotha Programme makes — the demand for ‘establishing producers’ co-operatives with State aid’. Here, as with the iron law of wages, … Continue reading Korsch on Marx on Gotha on Co-operatives

Students for Co-operation Winter Conference

Students are increasingly organising themselves around co-operative values and principles, providing goods, services and housing to their members. There are a growing number of student housing co-ops (in Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh...), an emerging national body of student housing co-operatives, a national federation of student co-ops, and a new network of young co-operators led by AltGen, an organisation … Continue reading Students for Co-operation Winter Conference

The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

I begin this article by discussing the recent work of academics and activists to identify the advan- tages and issues relating to co-operative forms of higher education, and then focus on the ‘worker co-operative’ organisational form and its applicability and suitability to the governance of and practices within higher educational institutions. Finally, I align the … Continue reading The co-operative university: Labour, property and pedagogy

A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

My keynote talk for Newcastle College's Student as Producer conference, March 27th 2015.  Thank you for inviting me here today to contribute to your student conference. It's a real privilege and luxury to be able to spend the day with you and to learn about all the great work you're doing. Last year, my friend Prof. Mike Neary … Continue reading A Short History of Hacking: Values and principles for co-operative higher education

Open education and the emancipation of academic labour

I have previously argued that open education is a liberal project with a focus on the freedom of things rather than the freedom of people (Winn, Joss. 2012. “Open Education: From the Freedom of Things to the Freedom of People.” In Towards Teaching in Public: Reshaping the Modern University, edited by Michael Neary, Howard Stevenson, … Continue reading Open education and the emancipation of academic labour

Marx on co-operatives, political power, solidarity and knowledge

Karl Marx's Inaugural Address of the International Working Men’s Association, “The First International”, October 21-27 1864. (my emphasis) "But there was in store a still greater victory of the political economy of labor over the political economy of property. We speak of the co-operative movement, especially the co-operative factories raised by the unassisted efforts of a few … Continue reading Marx on co-operatives, political power, solidarity and knowledge

The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy

My paper for the conference, Governing Academic Life is available for download and I welcome comments here or via email. Thank you. Abstract We are witnessing an “assault” on universities (Bailey and Freedman, 2011) and the future of higher education and its institutions is being “gambled.” (McGettigan, 2013) For many years now, we have been … Continue reading The Co-operative University: Labour, property and pedagogy

Peter Hudis – Alternatives to Capitalism

I have recently finished Peter Hudis' book, 'Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism'. It is one of the most interesting and useful books that I've read in some time. Below, he discusses the topic of the book with reference to Occupy, worker co-ops and other contemporary responses to capital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEn4Msv3b0 The audio significantly improves … Continue reading Peter Hudis – Alternatives to Capitalism

Marx on individualism, equality and democracy

As I've mentioned before, I am one of several scholars participating in the Social Science Centre's course on 'Co-operation and education'. This week (week five), we were discussing co-operative values and principles, with a particular focus on 'autonomy' (4th principle) and 'democracy' (2nd principle). The reading for this week was Ian MacPherson's 'Speech Introducing the … Continue reading Marx on individualism, equality and democracy