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View Diary: Don't think class war from above is real? Check out productivity and wage growth since 1973 (99 comments)

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  •  Coincides with the "lazy American (union) worker" (0+ / 0-)

    The first fetish of the Japanese, and now Chinese (yes), was that American workers are lazy. Now over there,, they really know how to work. The workers think our workers are lazy, wanting breaks during the day and safety regulations.

    The truth, of course, is that Americans relied upon Japanese managers to report what Japanese workers thought, and Japanese workers had a Shinto world view tinged with Confucianism, whereby everyone was bound by duty to everyone else. In the USA, the industrialists were happy to blame the workers and demand more productivity because "German workers are increasing productivity more than American workers are" or because "Japanese workers work more hours than American workers do over a lifetime" or because Chinese workers work "without breaks or other luxuries."

    All of these things were pieces of false consciousness that played into American inferiority complexes and our own suspicions about pleasure or leisure. Fortunately, our leisure class members share neither our scruples nor detectible morality.

    Everyone is innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:12:53 PM PST

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