“Heroic, demigod CEOs”? Hyperbole much? I find it incredible that you’re arguing in favor of cooperativism given that one of the primary examples of it you cited, Arcade City, was established by an unequivocal grifter who planned to get rich off the naïveté of drivers sold on the concept of antiestablishment ventures in favor of a “by the people, for the people” ethos.
Finally, I’m curious if you’re even aware that cooperatives are a component of populism, and exploitation of populist sentiment recently resulted in what may very well be the single biggest mistake in American history: electing a billionaire CEO as president, on the basis of him conning (mostly lower-income and ignorant) people into thinking he would represent their populist anger over politics being “taken over by Goldman Sachs” and the like — and then (irony alert!) hiring a battalion of GS gazillionaires for his cabinet (and the CEO of ExxonMobil as secretary of state).
Anyway, yeah: those inconvenient truths really suck.