American Cooperatives: Where They Come From, What They Do, Where They Are Going

American Cooperatives: Where They Come From, What They Do, Where They Are Going

American Cooperatives: Where They Come From, What They Do, Where They Are Going

American Cooperatives: Where They Come From, What They Do, Where They Are Going

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This is a book about cooperation. It is a book about the practical application of cooperation, or mutual aid, to the everyday affairs of people.

It is written to set forth some of the facts about a little-known segment of our American economy and our American life.

It is written because the author believes it can carry a message that is especially pertinent to the needs of our times.

The Great Books of man are those which gather into their pages the full spirit, philosophy, motivation, and idealism of a historical period. Homer Iliad and Odyssey were the Great Books of ancient Greece. Dante Divine Comedy was the Great Book of the Middle Ages. Paine Common Sense characterized theAmericanRevolutionary period. And so on.

The greatest of books, of course, like the Old and New Testaments, and the other writings upon which great religions have been founded, are timeless. We are not talking about them or their messages for every age and time.

What will be the Great Books of the mid-twentieth century in America? They will be books about kaleidoscopic technological change, more rapid change in the physical and scientific world than man ever before dreamed of--and what to do about it. They will be books about social and cultural lag, about the failure of social, political, and cultural progress to keep pace with "progress" in the physical sciences and in military weapons. They will be books about the strange paradox of societies requiring unquestioned conformity to outworn . . .

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