Consumers' Cooperation in the United States

April 10, 1936

Report Outline
Growth of Interest in Cooperative Movement
Early Stages in Consumers' Cooperation
Consumers' Cooperation in the United States
Expansion Principle in American Cooperation
Government Aid to American Cooperatives
Special Focus

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:

In foreign nations cooperative movements without the aid or direction of the government have made remarkable progress. Cooperation in savings, in building, in insurance, are features of the economic life of the people of Great-Britain. The people of Sweden, through cooperatives, have crushed monopolies that were oppressive and exacting. The Danish farmer and dairyman have worked from tenancy and poverty to independence and prosperity by a great cooperative system that not only controls the production but the marketing of their products.

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