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1worker1vote is building a national network of hybrid, shared ownership, regional and municipal ecosystems starting with unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome structural inequalities of opportunity, mobility, and income. Building pathways out of poverty leading to pathways toward prosperity.

Author Archive for Michael A. Peck

Michael A. Peck, MAPA Group

Staying Alive in “Do It Yourself” (DIY) America

Fake or mainstream, “the truth will set us free.”  America’s White House, “the People’s House,” benefitting from “daily temperature checks, daily tests, unlimited hand sanitizers and regular deep cleaning of all workspaces,” still gets jacked at highest staff levels by coronavirus. So much so that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s most respected infectious diseases official, is working from home…

Those Fifth Avenue Bodies on Main Street

During these still early days of the biomedical pandemic, the President-America-has continues to show the federal buck goes directly to his political bank account without stopping at his desk. How else to explain the actions of his Treasury Secretary, an unrepentant private sector” foreclosure king on the backs of poor people and active duty veterans serving overseas, up-managing billions in special interest…

MAHA 2020

Ironically, the virus is breaking the nation’s fever. Now, in full lock-down pandemic-panic, stock markets give up inflated gains by tweet, mirroring traumatized investors’ daily rising and falling temperatures. Yesterday’s history becomes tomorrow’s COVID-19 reoccurring nightmare from which America in cold sweat is structurally unable to awaken. Dave Leonhardt/NYT lists five simultaneously streaming, domestic horror reality shows (“curve not flattening,…

COVID-19 & America’s Extreme Solidarity Deficit

“…we all live in the same country now: that of capitalism.” – Bong Joon-ho, director of the 2020 Oscar Best Picture Award film, “Parasite” “Mr. Trump has declined to use his authority to commandeer private industry to produce medical supplies, counting instead on a market-driven response. – New York Times “We learned from the AIDS epidemic that infection traces the…

Bipartisan Mortal Apologies to Gettysburg

The John Roberts U.S. Supreme Court has much to answer for ideologically twisting the rule of law to disserve a rising majority-minority country, and in the process lower America’s shared democracy common denominators. Abraham Lincoln’s hoped-for inclusive, transparent, regenerative and representative “e pluribus Unum”, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, earned through selfless-spilled blue and…

Why Not a Worker-Owned Bloomberg L.P. to Ignite America’s Stakeholder Economy?

The Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign is recent history but the former candidate’s offer to sell his publicly traded, supremely successful company, Bloomberg L.P., through a blind trust can still positively shake, rattle and roll working class and corporate America if uplifted by more progressive conversion vision and practice.  As wayshower, California’s AB-5 worker protection bill illuminates one path forward to…

Democratize the Corporation (From Great Transition Initiative)

Michael Peck’s contribution to the Great Transitions Initiative’s Forum: Corporations in the Crosshairs: From Reform to Redesign The capitalist system is “on fire,” putting global democracy, climate, and peace at risk. Oxfam International reports that billionaires worldwide grow $2.5 billion richer every day, while the poorest half of the global population falls further behind. With social mobility still handicapped by…

Back to the Political Future?

1worker1vote posted this piece toward the end of June 2016, What’s the Matter with Little England?, over four months before the November 2016 USA elections. Reading it again is painful but instructive. With UK elections set for this December and the 2020 U.S. presidential elections one year from this week, will the Brexit past once more presage another “America First” prologue, adding…

Liberating Our Futures Together: Building the Cooperative Ecosystem in Cincinnati

The modern co-op movement originated with the 1840s Rochdale principles in Manchester/UK as did industrial unionization.  Cooperatives and unions evolved separately but today’s extreme solidarity, inequality & climate deficits & imperatives compel renewing and scaling the union-coop bond. Given its dual Labor & Cooperative founding rationale; 1worker1vote (a catalytic economic development organizing movement) focuses on policies, practices and helping to build…

Thrown “Unter” The Uber Bus

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction especially when it comes to putting and keeping others “in their place”. Since August, the American world@work has been rocked by three hitherto difficult to predict revelations. First, the U.S. Business Roundtable publicly confessed that “Shareholder Primacy” is no longer its holy grail. Second, the myths-shattering State of California passed AB-5 declaring that giant…

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