The 2012 Election Cycle: An Embarrassing Circus, Perhaps, but a Great Opportunity for Employee Ownership, for Sure  - CLEO Skip to main content


It is time for us to regularly and loudly make the case that employee ownership is a solution to a lot of what is wrong with our country. And we need to make this case to whatever sliver of the political spectrum we can reach – all of them eventually. It is not enough to be complacent in our own superiority. It is our responsibility to spread the word and to make the case that broadly distributed ownership is a much better way to cure dangerous imbalances than government-funded interventions. It is our responsibility and in our practical best interest to make the case that as we rebuild from the most recent recession, we should not simply rebuild the same faulty systems that got us into trouble as they have done so many times before.

We need to make employee ownership a constant public policy theme, and we need to continue to promote the concept until we have 30,000 or 40,000 employee-owned companies rather than the static 10,000 we have had for the last decade or more. If we can do that, we will have put a large part of the country on a much stronger footing, and moved toward solving some real fundamental economic and social problems that have been dogging us for most of our lives.