control the working hand, but it controls even the merely inventive mind; and every improvement in the curves of a plough-share is the result of a series of single suggestions of separate inventors combined by some organizer into a structure which is, compared with the original sharpened stick, almost wholly the product of intellect.
There is nothing which commands such power as organizing mind, unless it be that subtle faculty which we call genius in the poet or the man of science — a finer and higher force, which unconsciously remoulds the world, organizing mind and all.
I have been hoping all my life to see some signs that co-operation will one day displace competition; but that day seems as far off as ever, because it is competition, not co-operation, that knows how to avail itself of the organizing mind.
All the testimony from England
, where co-operation has gone much farther than here, is to the effect that while distributive co-operation-that is, the selling of goods on that method-lhas been carried very far, yet productive co-operation, or the production of goods by joint effort, has made very little progress.
The explanation is very obvious.
The ablest writer who has come from the ranks of hand-labor in England
, so far as I know, Thomas Wright-who calls himself “The working Engineer,” and names his book “Our New masters” --charges the difficulty