UCA'S BIRTH WAS AN ACT OF FAITH
By Joseph A. Geddes
In 1936 the Utah Cooperative Association was an idea, a hope, a dream.
By 1941 the idea remained, but the business had become enmeshed in debt and
appeared to stand up less like a green tree than a tall weed with ten or
twelve small local weeds funneled into it. There were as yet few blossoms
and no fruit. It reflected the times and conditions that gave it birgh*
Here was no well watered hothouse plant in carefully prepared soil. Rahber
it was a product of the floods, the dust bowl, the unemployed wreckage of
men in defeat who in desperation were making a final stand against an overwhelming catstrophe that had befallen them. UCA was sired by a small child
of the New Deal, one of a family of defenses that the federal and state
governments instituted to limit organised selfishness which, up to then,
had more or less successfully considered America as open field and fair
game for exploitation.
"What matters it", said the spoilers, "if 75 years have passed since
any noteworthy planning has been done in this state in the interest of the
masses of the people so long as a few favored institutions are growing
wealthy and the stream of investment gains to Wall Street grow larger and
remain healthy? We*11 Iks generous with philanthropy. Our experience
shows that this disaster must be absorbed now. If there are too many
people, let some of them sink into oblivion and balance will be restored*
Leave things to us. We will muddle through."
But a man arose in government who said, "Not any longer will the field
be left open to the foxes. We'll have a New Deal and this New Deal will
set limits and define ways* We'll set about the task of building dams to
stop the flood waters of human decline. We'll look into the matter of the
chanches, the small man has to survive and retain his independence*"
After twenty years it is now recognised by people generally of both
political parties and by those who still hate the New Deal that most of