Consumers' Cooperation; Organ of the Consumers' Cooperative Movement in the U.S.A. Volume 2

Consumers' Cooperation; Organ of the Consumers' Cooperative Movement in the U.S.A. Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...supplies are transported to England in its own ships. In Scotland a similar institution was organized, wth the same sucess. Then the movement spread over to the other countries of Europe. In Vienna, the co-operative bakery is the second biggest in the world, the biggest being the co-operative bakery in Glasgow. Altogether there are now twentv such national federations, or wholesale societies, each founded on the Rochdale principles. In some of these countries, as in Great Britain, they have already become so powerful that private industrial interests have combined to destroy them, but in no case has the co-operative side been the loser. In Sweden the sugar trust and the margerine trust were busted; in Denmark, they are still fighting the cement trust and they are winning out. But perhaps the most remarkable economic victory of this kind was won in Switzerland, just before the war broke out. The Swiss Wholesale declared war on the Swiss meat trust. But even before the fight could begin the meat trust hoisted the white flag, for it had already seen the shoe trust and the flour trust smashed out of existence. It asked for terms. The terms were that the meat trust sell out. Thus the organized consumers acquired control and ownership of the meat trust's many packing plants and its chain store system. And all this vast aggregation of collective wealth, running into billions, sprang from the simple idea conceived by the poor weavers of Rochdale. There can be no doubt that it has proved its material success. Infinitely more important is the question: how has the spirit of their first efforts been realized? So near as human brains can devise ways and means, a system of absolute democracy prevails. All these enterprises, from the small local stores to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487540
  • 9781236487544