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Thursday, Feb 11, 2010, 11:53 am

Against All Odds, Argentine Workers Keep Co-Op Movement Alive

BY Jeremy Gantz

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If you've seen Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis' excellent 2004 documentary The Take, you know about the cooperative/collectivist workers' movement that sprouted following the collapse of Argentina's economy in 2001. (If you haven't, you should: watch the trailer here.)

Today, almost 10 years after the collapse, nearly 200 worker-run businesses are soldiering through another economic crisis. But the sustainability of this movement isn't just threatened by the current global downturn: Divisions within the movement, apathy from the government, hostile courts and a lack of capital all challenge the factories' health and future.

That's according to Adam Case, a former ITT intern who traveled to Argentina last year to visit some of the factories and talk with some of the principal organizers. Check out his brand-new InTheseTimes.com feature story, "To Resist is to Survive," detailing what he learned. Nearly a decade after workers occupied the first factory, their story and struggles are more relevant than ever.

Again, his story is here.

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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