i think it was haywood who said something like "at best co-ops turn our best and brightest militants into part time capitalists" reflecting on the role co-ops play in a radical movement. often radicals, in need of employment/income for personal needs, and also in need of developing tools and resources, and infrastructures for movement needs, turn to co-ops, understandably, as an imperfect alternative to hierarchical workplace relations.
radical communities throw down to start up many co-ops, but then have no actual say in the co-op, because in the spirit of co-ops they are worker run. but workers having a taste of power, however insignificant, sometimes settle on their collective pette bourgoisie lifestyle and privelege, and also as radicals get older and tired, and jaded, they sometimes settle as well. over time we see what may have started as radical co-ops, distance themselves from their origins, and become more neutral spaces, maybe even liberal, or conservative and hostile to those who helped form the co-op in the first place.
i think a foundation of radical co-ops is needed, an alternative to the mainstream bourgoise co-operative foundations. something that can help fund co-op startup and growth, and something radicals can donate to and know their funds will be going to fund co-ops that stay radical, co-ops that with success will continue to pay into helping fund movement activities, and processes to actually hold them accountable if they dont. if they get successfull and grow, and try to distance themselves from the movement that grew them, we need to have a way to hurt their bottom line, or shut them down completely, and black ball those involved, because its a form of exploitation and treachery. exploiting movements to grow an enterprise, without being upfront about ones personal motives.
the foundation can also respect personal needs and struggles by funding mutual aid services and survival programs as well as co-operative development. maybe this is all such a foundation would do, although it would be good to also have a hand in sustaining resistance efforts, that might be something delegated to the individual co-ops that way there is seperation and plausable deniability and empower more diverse tactics.