Re: What is our art?

Subject: Re: What is our art?
From: Kelley <kwalker2 -at- gte -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 16:25:23 -0500

At 11:29 AM 2/19/02 -0800, Andrew Plato wrote:

This was tried. It was called the Soviet Union and it didn't work out real
well. There is this thing called GREED. And as Gordon Gekko reminds us: greed
is good.

Unions + technology = baaaad.

Red baiting=lack of an argument.


> Instead of some agency making a profit, other techwriters would operate and
> maintain the union.

Free of charge? Do you like to work for free? I don't.

Did I say free of charge? YOu really need to get some other exercise than jumping to conclusions. They'd get paid a decent salary for their work, based on the merit of their output.

The free market generally (not always) rewards hard work, determination, and
intelligence while it punishes complacency, laziness, and ignorance.
Historically, unions have not been very good at seeing that the most qualified
rise to the top - where they deserve to be. Unions tend to reward loyalty and
term of duty - which are not always good indications of a person's
capabilities. Just because you have done tech writing for 10 years, doesn't
mean you're good at it.

Yes I see, an author who advances the notion that jobs are obsolete, but freelancing isn't (and that most jobs will go that route) subscribes to a jobs-based notions of unions. And waitress unions are like UAW. I see. While I shouldn't assume that you know precisely what Bridges' thesis is, I would think those cues (and calling them union-agencies that train and shop our their members) might make you pause before you trot out tired arguments. As someone else said, economics does not equal capitalism, since there are many types of economic systems. Moreoever, they don't devolve around the opposition free market economy vs. command economy.

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