Huff Post still thinks it’s going strong and a model for socially aware blah blah blah, following a long tradition of blind hope (Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is known for swallowing all manner of bollocks blowing in the wind, and here’s his conversion).
But now Fagor is dead, Eroski is only still alive in accounting terms to the extent that Mercadona and the cheaper chains are frightened by the shadow of ETA from going into Navarre and the Basque Country, and the rest is about to come tumbling down.
It’s incredibly curious that the illusion had lasted so long. Following initial enchantment, the hard left has been aware of the chain’s moral bankruptcy for at least a decade (random link), although they still shy away from denouncing the fear exercised by Basque nationalism in Mondragón and the region.
And Sharryn Kasmir’s good left-leaning, critical sociology of the what and where of a business that thrived under Francoism and the totalitarians who replace him, The Myth of Mondragon came out in 1996. I guess folks like Chomsky preferred vague stars to writing on paper. Kasmir’s book is partially available in Spanish and is a good read.
I’m obviously not saying that coops can’t work or that they’re Satanic. One just needs to choose the good ones.
A very good friend has just told me that she has received a calling and is about to start her witch-doctor
- Una serie de articulos han aparecido
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the Torygraph believes a Basque nationalist blog has misquoted a conversation between him and a Catalan nationalist journalist.
- Origins of the “Gaelic Blessing” used at quasi-Christian, pagan and “humanist” funerals, and in a piece by John Rutter
Transphobic druidic mumbojumbo by William “Fiona” Sharp, in which God answers a prayer and cures a Hebridean fisherman’s feminine gender identity.
- Banning bullfighting is worse for cows than the status quo
If you want to save a beefmobile from a horrible death, the best way is to keep bullrings open. These are
- Kurlansky / Basques / Wikipedia
The Guardian got a “panel of experts” to take a look at the Wikipedia. Here’s what Mark Kurlansky, author of The