First published OTD in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab’s quest to avenge the whale that `reaped’ his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab’s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel’s narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader.

Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education:in the practice of whaling, in the art … More

All you ever wanted to know about setting up a Housing Co-op – from the nitty gritty of the legal stuff and buying a place through to the first-hand experience of actually living in a co-operatively owned house. Fundraising, accounts, tenancy law and a useful list of further information sources from the good people at Radical Routes who aim to share their many collective years of knowledge and experience.

Why pay rent into a landlord’s pocket when you can create a permanent, secure housing controlled by the tenants?… 2015 … More