TRANSFER OF POWER OVER SPECIALIZATION
It was earlier stated that NRA work in trade practice regulation led into an economic wilderness. When we leave the activities of the NRA in price and production control, we plunge still further into that wilderness. Scores of regulations appear to which no critical. study has ever been devoted; indeed, of which no careful definition or classification has ever been made. It is even more true of these regulations than of those earlier discussed that comparatively little can be learned by reading code provisions.
Extensive study of these provisions, including discussion of many of them with those interested in code making, with other business men, with NRA officials, and others, makes it clear that there is one large group of provisions which may be regarded as having for its purpose the placing of restrictions on the freedom with which individuals may determine the parts they will play in the economic process or the relationships they may establish with others in carrying on this process. In broad economic terms, this type of provision may be said to reallocate power over the determination of specialization.
Economic history has clearly revealed that specialization has played an outstanding part in giving the world the greatly increased production of the last century and a half. In America the highly organized specialization within manufacturing plants has played a great part in placing those units in the front line of world produc-