What Is Cooperative Individualism?

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The sociopolitical philosophy of cooperative individualism calls for people of all societies to establish a legal system that promotes and protects equal opportunity, liberty and human rights. Cooperative individualism is a branch of cooperative economics that promotes the ownership and control of workplaces by the workers. Cooperative individualists argue that company profits should be paid as dividends to its workers.

Cooperative individualism is a part of the cooperative movement, which is active in several European and Asian countries. The Mondragon Corporation located in Spain is one of the largest and most successful examples of cooperative individualism.

Cooperative individualism has several basic principles. People who follow this movement believe that all people have the same needs in order to live a decent human existence. These needs are not limited to food, water and shelter. Education, medical care, leisure and culture are considered needs as well. Cooperative individualists also believe that because all humans are born on the Earth, all humans should have equal access to it and the goods produced from it that are necessary for survival. This philosophy also promotes liberty as the basis for moral human behavior. Behavior is only considered criminal if it violates the liberty of other people.