Carl Davidson of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism tells the story of the Mondragon Cooperatives at the 2011 Left Forum.
They began small in the poverty of the Basque Country of Spain after World War II. The workers own them and elect their directors. Now they are a huge complex of businesses doing nearly 14 billion euros in sales but still democratically run.
The Mondragon Cooperatives are now establishing offshoots on other continents. The worker ownership concept is taking root in the United States too.
Mondragon has inspired worker cooperatives in the United States too. The Basque cooperatives began among an impoverished, oppressed people, and those conditions exist in the US too.