Up the miners

there’s been a lot of coverage of Luis Urzua’s first interview (the foreman of the Chilean miners) saying that the 33 miners survived because they debated and voted democratically and had a strong sense of solidarity. Good example of direct democracy in action of the kind many worker co-operatives use . . .

The media are disputing the claims saying there was more division than his version implies. They are probably right, but again those who practice direct democracy (like co-ops) know that democracy is not always about a smooth consensus but argument, division etc.

The Chilean miners show that direct democracy, however difficult, can work even in the most dire situations.

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