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The Consumers Place in Society (Classic Reprint)

The Consumers Place in Society (Classic Reprint)

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This book has arisen from a series of four lectures given from notes, usually on Saturdays and Sundays, at Two-day Schools organised by co-operative societies during 1917-1919. Reports were taken of these deliveries; but for publication all the existing material has been thoroughly revised and recast as well as entirely re-written. The scope of the book, however, has remained limited by a form originally providing for presentation, discussion and appeal within the period of four lectures. This being so, the few chapters following cannot profess to be more than an essay introductory to a big subject.

Libraries of books, publications of a special Ministry of Uses, and many journals would be necessary to deal adequately and continuously with the consumers' problem of organising the world and its resources for the utmost human use and enjoyment. These do not exist. Manchester, for some uncomplimentary reason, is supposed to be the special home of consumers' advocacy. Yet the Manchester Reference Library - an admirable institution - contains sufficient volumes under the title of "Labour" to fill several crowded pages of its great catalogue; whereas a single entry under consumption (amidst two-score devoted to the disease) provides for all the books specifically relating to the consumer.

When the present writer came to Manchester and entered the offices of the Co-operative Wholesale Society, he felt instinctively that co-operation was in accord with his own conceptions. But with the majority he did not approach it from the consumers' side. He understood nothing about the consumer and - left to himself, like other employees - it was a long time before he penetrated to the principles on which the vast store-movement actually is built. Since then lie has realised that little as the British consumers' co-operative movement is conscious of its own living theory, the rest of the nation appreciates the enormous value of these organic principles even less.

As this book goes to press the possibility still remains of a huge strike of miners.

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