Donald A Collins explains Germany’s idea for keeping jobs in Germany and asks whether it could work here. its an interesting idea, and we definitely need something other than communism or Darwinian free markeeterism if we want to remain a first world country.
German companies use a practice called “codetermination” which creates shared management of companies by both workers and capital. Workers elect representatives who serve on the board of directors of their company. There’s a useful Wikipedia discussion here.
While we can imagine the U.S. Chamber of Commerce screeching about the “violation of private property” when it comes to “their” workers, German law has a different view. The German model is that workers committees bind workers to the fate of their companies, actually giving them an input into how they were managed, undermined the more extreme anti-capitalist radical socialists.
More importantly, the German system views workers and managers as citizens, stakeholders in the building of a common society and a common nation.
If I’m understanding him correctly, this is essentially an autonomous union within the company as opposed to national unions like we have now. This would seem to prevent the politicisation that we see from our unions today which are essentially lobbyists for socialism and keep the focus on employment, conditions and wages. Presumably, they would be against offshoring themselves.
As I said at the top, we need something other than globalism or socialism, (and Jeffersonian Agrarianism was out of the question even in his time) so its time we look outside the capitalist/socialist system we currently debate and find an actual solution.