Dave Long
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",

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.


... but it appears that late 20th
century americanism isn't all that
virulent, after all.  Perhaps lack
of immersion only innoculates:
(dramatis artificialibus personae:
UN Omaha, Taliban, UNOCAL, Pakistan)