Traditional businesses are better than cooperatives
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Now, let's begin the debate with definitions of terms:
Cooperative: " an autonomous association of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business." 
Traditional business: a business that is privately owned by a single individual or a few individuals. They typically have a board of directors and stock-holders.
The first indicator that cooperatives are better than traditional business models, is that 80% of cooperatives survive the hard first five years of being in business, compared to just 41% of traditional businesses
In addition, cooperatives allow for workers to be paid more, since cooperatives do not have one person at the top piggybacking off of the work of the workers and taking a share of the profits. Those profits, instead, are divided up between the workers.
While cooperatives are in the minority and are not out-competing traditional businesses, this is primarily because most of the world lives in a market or capitalist economy. To begin with, the traditional businesses have an advantage because banks are more willing to lend to traditional businesses since we live in a capitalist economy, and it's tougher to get like-minded people together to contribute money to start a cooperative.  If there was a level-playing field for cooperatives and traditional businesses, I'm sure cooperatives would take over since most people would prefer to work under a cooperative, where they have more autonomy and more profits going to them, than under a traditional business model.
In a comparative study performed by Gabriel Burd"n and Andr"s Dean, where they looked into how cooperatives performed in the Uruguayan economic crisis between 1999-2001, it was found that Workers cooperatives employment index rose, while their capitalist counterparts fell in employment. [4, pg. 520] In addition to this, average wage remained higher in worker cooperatives than in capitalist businesses. [4, pg. 523]
Next, I will point out that it is possible for worker cooperatives to be extremely successful and that they can turn over profit at a rate as good, or even often better than traditional businesses. Mon
Although cooperatives have consumer benefits, the disadvantages weight out in various ways. Cooperatives are most commonly established to offer a service to members instead of a return on investment thus it could be troublesome and challenging to bring in potential members looking for financial benefit. Because the challenge is greater to find members than in a traditional business, that could cause difficulty to uphold the business and possibly threaten its stability in multiple perspectives. 
With traditional businesses, the operators can make more money and profit off the business. The business can make more money than it spends which in many ways has immense benefits. That can allow for more opportunities than a cooperative.
I honestly give up at this point ^ I cant exactly withdraw but its 1 am and Im not sure why Im here even Im failing a core class so I should probably be working on that... anyhow whoever is reading this and voting vote for the other person, but aye at least I know about the businesses I honestly had no idea what they were before this so
If my opponent is still willing to debate, I would ask them to elaborate on these "immense benefits" they talked about when the operator of a business in a traditional business makes more money. You sort of talked in a generality there and didn't offer any specifics.
I suppose I'll leave this round at this, since there is not much to rebut in pro's argument, as most of it was generality and not a specific case.
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