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Vol. VI.—No. 37.
RALEIGH. N. C, SEPTEMBER 19, 1912.
One Dollar a Year.
THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT.
HE CO-operative movement is spreading to the larger cities. A
$100,000 company to operate a co-operative store in Minneapolis
has bfen incorporated and one with $50,000 capital in St. Paul;
and at Madison, Wis., where the cost of living is probably higher
than anywhere else in the United States, shares in a $25,000 co
operative grocery are being bought by university professors,
workingmen, state officials, and the public generally. A wholesale grocery—
possibly wholesale dry goods and shoe stores—to supply the co-operative
stores on a co-operative basis, as soon as the foundation of these enterprises
is strong enough to support it, is planned by the Right Relationship League,
while the Society of Equity is helping to organize the farmers into new co-op
erative shipping and selling association.
Out of it all are developing, first of all, groups of men and women who are
not only getting much more nearly a hundred cents for every dollar they earn,
but who are, at the same time, unconsciously but surely, learning the vital les
sons that the whole community and every community must learn before the
dreams of the economic millenium can begin to be realized. My friend Will
Head says: “When we farmers get so we understand business principles, you
aren’t going to be able to fool us much longer on the tariff.” They are learning
business principles through co-operation. More important, they are learning
to do team-work. They are learning that economic brotherhood is workable
so long as it deals in exact justice, that the man-crop flourishes best when each
individual contributes his best to the commonwealth, and the commonwealth
returns to each individual his just and exact return.
It is a new economic democracy they are building up in the Northwest,
and the adding machine is its symbol.—World’s Work.