On Wednesday, December 5, 2001, at 08:15 , Ted Morgan wrote:
> But, this is a post-World War
> II version of trade unionism, promulgated through a well-oiled corporate
> attack on the more militant element in the labor movement --an attack
> that (a) reflected the reality that the labor movement had a much more
> pervasive radical take on American capitalism & capitalists, and (b)
> combined with red scare tactics generally (against antiwar dissidents,
> civil rights activists, etc.) that went well back into the early decades
> of the century
Come on Ted - please, make up your Mind here - either the 'anti-red' Kabal
goes back before WWII, or the Grand Konspirakii is a Post WWII affair.
I use the film 'Matewan' as a wedgie when I am trying to explain why I
consider the NRA a leftist GunGrabberGroup - since as the film so
elegantly depicted, the Mine Owners had no problem with fielding heavy
machineguns to defend their Pits against returning WWI vets who were
carrying the Latest in Military Technology, the '06 Springfield....
Solutions that would not be available to labor or management in the
What complicates these discussions IS the Industrial Boom of WWII,
which Demming would formalize, and is now sold as such neat stuff
as 'TQM' - Total Quality Management, but which also showed a very
socialist model of industrial production wherein labor and management
worked together rather than playing the 'class warfare' game.
Where your argument gets messier still, in the sixties, is the problem
of the Soborne Uprising and the efforts to show the solidarity between
the traditional Prols, and their 'white collar' compatriots, now known
affectionately as 'cubicle critters'. A complicating factor as well,
since 'Dilbert' has made a rich man of one of those CubeCritters -
and hence, 'an enemy of his class'???? Should the state be allowed to
prevent, uh, ridiculing the pointy haired manglement elements? Or the
ability to do on one's own time what one wishes???
The seventies made it hard for 'young kids' to get into the Unions,
as they are today, without the usual 'gotta know some body' sets of
games that are probably still being played - and much of that without
any vision that there IS a global economy out there, and that there
are those abroad who are not protected by the same labor, OSHA, and
EPA laws that we have grown accustom to here in the USA.
The recent catastrophe of Enron I hope will show the final failure of
the whole 'greed based system' of 'free marketting' - but the question
now is how to get to a legitimate 'open market' model - where we are
really trying to work on DOING that 'Total Quality Management' - and
providing the real 'worker empowerment' that comes with being actual
share holders in the company. Some of the current rhetoric about the
need for more governmental regulation to prevent people from BEING
stoopid - such as not diversifying their 401(k) portfolio's - will
only work if we OUTLAW STOOPIDITY - not likely in the next few
congress' - since it will be hard to get a working definition thereof.
The down side of the Collapse of Enron, though, is that it will take
us just that much longer to bring on line such things as a 'Carbon
Sink' trading model - which would help fund such wildly crazy notions
of rebalancing the North/South split, by allowing the 'owners' of the
Great Carbon Sinks - such as the Amazon Rain Forest, to realize the
market value of keeping those forests AS forests, while the Northern
Industrial Countries work out how to transition their economies.
So while we have made some great strides - with, as I like to joke
about it - the restoration of our WWII ProWar Approach of 'curb
side recycling' - we are still no wheres near the levels that we
could be in that process. But we got there, not by mere mandates
from the Central Directorate of Ideological Purity, but because
we were able to make Sound Biznizz Cases that this was cheaper
and more practical.
So while the whole 'information industry' is still in flux, it has
provided some of the 'alternative' to the simplistic mindset of
the 19th Century Romantic Marxianists that the sole solution is
'unionize' and then have the full force of the state 'solve it all'.
A point that shows up to the SOBER when they go back over Demming's
work, and the limitations that the 'big industry' model presents,
and the full on need to understand how to DO the 'risk management'
balancing acts of entreprenueership that took dopy little collections
of coders from a handful of Freaks to Microsoft... ok, that is a
case of developing into that which one opposed....
So there are still some issues that will have to be ironed out....
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