What's the difference between Cooperativism (the replacing of Capitalist firms with worker co-ops like Mondragon), Market Socialism, and Syndicalism? Given that they're all systems where workers democratically control the means of production, what's the difference?

  • No, I meant more Cooperativism as in worker co-ops like Mondragon. You know, free-enterprise firms that are democratically controlled by it's "members". Nothing fancy beyond that, just democratic companies. Though platform cooperativism could maybe fit in there.
    – Tirous
    Nov 24, 2017 at 5:00
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    In terms of function, there's no real difference. If I were a cynic, I would point out that the main reason for having multiple terms is so that the various factions have something to fall out about. But I'm not, so I won't.
    – Alex
    Nov 24, 2017 at 10:09

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There are several differences between these systems, but I think the best way to show said differences is to describe each system:

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