There is nothing inherently liberal or unconservative about collective bargaining. In fact, it is generally a wise strategy. It is too bad that for historical reasons unions arose as a product of the left, and have generally been a force for the left. It is easy to envision, given different circumstances, a world where workers collectives were a force that primarily conserved. The old guilds were profoundly conservative in many ways.
Cinema does love to portray the Southern Union Laborer in the worse possible light.(But at least the working and living conditions are shown as well.)
Imagine in the thirties(Which was an earlier time)being paid in “Clacker”?
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s big song “Sixteen Tons” mentions oweing your soul to the company store?…………Like a commisary on base, the company store was where everything was bought! Milk, flour, sugar, shoes, everything. And you bought it with monopoly money of sorts called “Clacker”, that the company printed and paid you to ensure that you bought at the “Company Store”!……..You lived in “Company” housing that you could never own. Law Enforcement for the most part was “Company Security”.
The Upper management officers, and stockholders were as usual in the Northeast, with names like Debardeladen, Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Mellon, etc………As the economy crashed, our “Corporatocracy” of Wall Streeters rushed in to purchase the lands of private owners at 5 cents on the dollar. Huge intities such as Monsanto, Warehouser, Steel Companies, etc, stealing the mineral rights if not the property forever.
This is not some “Marxist Philosophy” but U.S. History. Only 60 years after the Civil War, these Depression Era citizens were trying to care for their aging parents that fought mostly with the “Confederacy”.(Now, try to imagine reconstruction?)
And then, like a “Grand Overseer” of one’s suffering and pain, FDR steps in with water and bread.(If you’ll send your offspring to die on the battlefields of Europe!)…..Ain’t it nice how those New Yorkers keep comming up with great ideas?
Fast Forward to today:
Does this sound like the NEA, Teachers Unions, and other assorted Federal Unions, encouraged by Leviathan?(Oh, how those municiple employees have suffered!)…….Poor Academia, has to work a full 3 years to have tenure, while the private sector stockholders study what % of their employee base is reaching a 20 year pension level with that first growth stage, and then restructures the company at 18-19 years, or simply sends it offshore to avoid the losses. Most U.S. citizens never realize that ANYTIME organized labor is negotiating for something, like “Dental Care”, the thousands of non union administrative employees are in the shadows praying that the union is successful. (They too receive the benefit without the risk.)
Just a walk down memory lane to help people understand how Leviathan can enlarge a volluntary military, and make your children love military food, a warm bed, and getting shot at!(All starving people need a hero and an enemy.)…………..Hitler became the enemy, and the neocons will eventually get FDR on Mt. Rushmore!
Filmer……….Your right………It’s comical to me, that many Americans can’t see that “Stockholders” are collective bargaining on the part of multiple owners. The stockholder that get’s a small $300. dividend check is just as anxious to strip the employee of a fair wage, if he can get a $350. check.
The “Corporatocracy,” that is a pact between Leviathan and Corporations also sends him literature, encouraging him on Leviathan’s benefit, if he votes correctly. He then feels very patriotic and no sympathy for the employee…………”God save the Queen!”
BTW, this film is called Harlan County U.S.A. and is a documentary. Later there was a drama called Harlan County War based on the documentary. The drama got grief for filming in Canada to avoid high American union wages. Oh the irony.
Filmer………I understood and agree with you 100%…….I just wanted to carry it deeper on a historical perspective. My entire family on my Dad’s side were FDR “Yellow Dog Democrats” in the coal mines during the “Great Depression”, as well as the Coal Mine Wars in Alabama during that time. “The Acmar Mines” to be exact. My 76 year old Dad goes back to that community every Friday night to socialize with the remaining children that grew up in the environment as children. The beautiful creek that runs through the area named “Black Creek” has a history that few urbinites realize. During the “thirties” it was the source of washing the coal, and the coal dust in it was so thick that it was named “Black Creek”. Children needed a bath at that time after swimming in it!….Ha-Ha…..As a child, Dad remembers the company security men driving the roads at night with machine guns during the “Coal Wars”. For me, some of the most intresting stories are how well the blacks and whites got along during the depression, prior to Washington interfering in the culture? Dad got his butt whipped many a times because a well respected black man told on him for being mischevious and misbehaving!………Character was the rule, and culture was based on character. I look forward to seeing the movie, and will carry my Dad.(Unless it’s not picked up in our area as a result of not being marketable to the teen ticket buyer.)………….I’ve been on both sides of the classic fight between GOP Corporate Mgmnt and Union collective bargaining. Ages 18-30 I was a union officer, and 30-54 an ouitside corporate sales rep with success that led to a press conference with Bush Sr………………………..I know both sides like a KGB agent turned U.S. Citizen!