The radicalism of the cooperative proposal, in face of development, appealing to the economic, personal, communal and integral concourse of its believers, faces the alternative of success or complete failure. Cooperativism requires people with a strong spirit, or at least people who are willing to risk it all. Therefore, it is not a formula that fits everyone, but the biggest mistake that we could make would be to place our demands at the level of the weakest, since in such a case it would be impossible to reach higher levels.
What could be important in this cooperative initiative is not what is accomplished but what is intended to do.
The internal enemies are those who, as microbes, destroy life and bring death to a living organism.
Our cooperativism is being made by the formal cooperativists and the anti-cooperativists, all of us who are in the end members of a community or who constitute a part of the same people.
We have the sensation that for some people and some social groups in our region, cooperatives are an object of attention, often with light and negative comments and for reasons not as worthy as they claim. It seems that the burden is being felt, from the lessons that our workers are giving in their constructive capacity, their direct contribution to the development of the nation, and from the viability of other methods of social and labor relations and regulations.
Cooperatives resolve some problems, not all problems. Let us evaluate cooperatives for the problems they resolve and for the potential they give to confront broader and deeper problems.
Cooperativism is not an end but a means. It is an institution, an ideal instrument for the incarnation in the economic and social life of some ideals whose goodness can not be contested truly and nobly. In the least, these ideals count with the acceptance of most cooperativists.
Cooperativism must be considered as an avant-garde element in the worker movement. All workers should benefit from the results of the cooperative training and managing experience that allow a better study and expression of their problems.
The cooperatives are neither born to act as social guerillas nor to deteriorate as withdrawn burgeois. Rather, cooperatives are born to maintain human and social values live and operative, in the bosom of an old and enduring People, who have a renovating capacity and deserve a better luck.
Let us learn from so many forgotten possibilities, wasted or rejected, of people who wanted but could not, who dreamed and woke up incapable of starting in the dreamed path. There are so many vocations without opportunity.