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  •  Thank you and great to see you, expat! (2+ / 0-)
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    NY brit expat, tardis10

    yeah that claim was really funny. & sadly still made some historians even yet.

    Sure, they just loved the innovative 4-loom system, their fellow workers kicked to the street while they did the work of 2.

    What could they possibly have to complain about?

    WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

    by JayRaye on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:30:48 PM PDT

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    •  heck even David Ricardo understood that the (3+ / 0-)

      introduction of machinery would lead to persistent unemployment of labour and argued that the working class was correct in its opposition; if he could recognise this in 1821, you would think that the capitalists in 1913 would at least not pretend that workers were oblivious to what was happening to them and their fellow workers. Simply sickening and so cynical as though working people are children and unconscious of their realities ...

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:41:17 PM PDT

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      •  yes and the machine was not made to fit the worker (2+ / 0-)
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        it was the the worker who had to fit to the machine, no matter how fast the speed up, how far the reach, how many injuries the new machine cost the workers.

        Too bad.

        In the case of the 4-loom system, injuries were rampant. Long days at a sweated pace, Exhaustion leading to more injuries. No increase in pay for increase in output.

        It is an old story and still going on today.

        WE NEVER FORGET For March: Francis Estep, UMWA Martyr

        by JayRaye on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:52:30 PM PDT

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