A key advantage of membership in the Council is that cooperatives with varied business interests join together for unity of action to help maintain a strong presence in today’s complex business economy. Mutually beneficial relationships strengthen cooperatives and, as a trade association, are an important ingredient in the Council’s efforts. On many issues, the entire cooperative community working through the Council can have the greatest impact at both the state and federal levels. In other instances, the Council’s member cooperatives with similar business interests can develop the most effective coalitions to positively influence legislation and subsequent regulations.
Looking back through the last page or two, I see that I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don't want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.