Friday, May 01, 2009

Remaking Marxism -- I Mean, America

I can think of no worse idea for workers than the current arrangement set up by the Obama administration to have the auto worker's union become owners (with the governments of the U.S. and Canada) of GM and Chrysler. The point of the unions is to oppose the demands of management -- but what happens when the unions themselves become the management? The coercive actions of the unions get turned onto the union members -- the workers themselves. The last time we saw the workers owning the means of production -- and that is what this is, a version of that -- it didn't work out all that well. What makes anyone think it will work out this time?

Obama put off bankruptcy for these two companies precisely so he could get all his ducks in a row for the unions to literally take over these companies. Congratulations, unions! You have your reward! Thank goodness Ford was in better shape to avoid this disaster. If you thinking CM and Chrysler were poorly run before, just wait and see what will happen now.
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