David Ellerman applied the principle of personal responsibility as an inalienable right to human rentals resulting in the Labor Theory of Property. He is an unusually honest economist with the ability to ask the right questions.
David Ellerman’s human affairs blog: Intellectual Trespassing as Ways of Life
Worth reading in full: Property and Contract in Economics: The Case for Economic Democracy (PDF link)
Noam Chomsky is known for his consistent analytical integrity. His propaganda model is is useful for those seeking to understand how society functions and is particularly useful in explaining how certain inconvenient ideas are buried. More of his articles here.
- Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies
- Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
- Keeping the Rabble in Line
- Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in What is Property? laid out some of the early arguments in favor of worker ownership.
Mike Leung is the lead organizer of a credit union to finance worker cooperatives (unchartered).