ABSTRACT

In the previous chapters an attempt has been made to show that Co-operation has succeeded in applying democratic principles to the organization of industry, and that this fact opens up possibilities of revolutionizing the industrial system of the country, by converting it into a partnership of the community of consumers and their employees, the producers. Some of the problems of progress, the problems which require solution before such a system can become fully developed and exercise any very great influence upon the whole of society, have already been dealt with. They were chiefly concerned with the internal development of the movement itself, with the growth among co-operators of a deeper and wider understanding of co-operative principles, and with the extension of the machinery of cooperative organization, especially in order to admit Labour the full rights of a partnership. There are, however, a number of other problems connected with the progress of the movement which will have to be considered in this chapter.