BUSINESS ABROAD: Lesson in Democracy

In the huge red-and-gold concert hall of Paris' Palais de Chaillot last week, the International Cooperative Alliance, central body of the world's cooperative societies, opened its 19th congress. No sooner did the meeting get under way than lean, dark-haired Andrei Timofeev, leader of the 30-member Soviet delegation, jumped to his feet and put in motion a Russian plan aimed at seizing control of the world cooperative organization.

It was well worth seizing. The 59-year-old I.C.A. has 117 million members, more than 12 million in North and South America. Some of its greatest growth took place in postwar periods of inflation...

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