Consumers' Cooperation in the United States

Archive Report

Growth of Interest in Cooperative Movement

Opening the new Institute of Cooperative Economics at Madison last December, Senator La Follette (P., Wis.) appealed for increased support of the consumer's cooperative movement. “By now,” said La Follette, “we have learned, I hope, that only through organization can people achieve a wider distribution of the national income…. Farmers and wage-earners have a common cause; one of the best ways for them to work toward it is provided by the cooperative movement.”

La Follette's speech is not the only indication that America's growing cooperative movement has supporters in Congress. Pleading for public ownership of utilities, Rep. Colden (D., Cal.) told the House on March 4: And Rep. Sco.t (D., Cal.), introducing a bill to establish a Consumers' Administration which would ...

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