RE: National Writer's Union (way too long)

Subject: RE: National Writer's Union (way too long)
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 16:15:57 -0500


Yes, corprations wield large amounts of power, quite often insidious ways.
And it takes power to fight them.

Ah, but......

Power corrupts.

And that's the rub. One ends up with a despotic company or a despotic union
(ask anyone here in the midwest about the AMC branch of the UAW and what
went on there). Anyone who thinks the actions of all corporations are
guided by Adam Smith's "unseen hand" is too stupid to waste time arguing
with. And the same can be said for anyone who believes a union is always a
benefit to its members. They're both made up of people, and people cannot
be relied upon to act rationally, especially where their self-interest is
concerned. Most especially when acting in groups, as both corporations and
unions do.

The key is: All generalizations are false. Some companies resist corruption
better than others.

Remember the movie Wargames? "What a curious game, professor. It appears
the only way to win is not to play." If the corp starts playing games, walk
away. The job market being what it is today, that's not a serious problem.

Why fight when you can walk away? In either case, fighting is like
mud-wrestling with a pig: you both get dirty but the pig enjoys it.


Have fun,
Arlen
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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