Musings

Dave Long dl@silcom.com
Wed, 24 Oct 2001 11:33:55 -0700


> This is an interesting point, although I'm not sure that there were really 
> any political philosophies built around the factory worker and factory work 
> as necessary.

If we allow fictional philosophies,
Huxley's _Brave New World_ gives us
Fordism.  Factory work is important
enough that they hold the requisite
consumption necessary as well.

Fordism follows most of the points
given for "the end of tribalism",
<http://www.xent.com/pipermail/fork/2001-October/004939.html>

To be more accurate, it starts from
those precepts and projects them to
extremes.  The correspondence is to
be expected, as both are a response
to the very destructive combination
of undeveloped violent behavior and
developed technology.

-Dave

... but it appears that late 20th
century americanism isn't all that
virulent, after all.  Perhaps lack
of immersion only innoculates:
<http://www.journalstar.com/nebraska?story_id=4568&date=20011022&past=TRUE>
(dramatis artificialibus personae:
UN Omaha, Taliban, UNOCAL, Pakistan)