Finlay, T.A. 'The progress of co-operation'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. X Part. LXXVII, 1896/1897, pp229-237
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. X Part LXXVII 1896/1897
Everyone is familiar with the advantages of co-operation in industrial
and commercial pursuits. What all treatises of Political
Economy tell us as to the benefits of the Organisation of Industry
and the Division of Labour is really nothing more than an exposition
of the advantages of co-operation. But it is not in the sense
of an organisation of industry that the term co-operation is now
usually understuod. Since capital has come to play so important a
part in the processes of production, co-operation has come to have a
narrower signification. It signifies that particular kind of economic
organisation by which those who are producers or consumers shall
also be owners of the capital or the profits employed in, or arising
out of, the production or the consumption. The continuous
development of wealth production in the present century could
hardly fail to suggest the idea of co-operation to thinkers who
were concerned for the well-being of the masses, and to thinking
individuals among the masses themselves, who were led to reflect
on the hardships which the current methods of production and
distribution created for the poor.
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