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  •  We tried that once ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... that system where the employer provided housing, schools, shopping, civic services, etc.  Called 'em "company towns," as I remember.  It didn't work like you think it will....

    •  Unions, etc. (1+ / 0-)
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      In those days employees had no clout. No unions, mostly. And poor whites were often pitted against blacks, to the detriment of both.

      Understand, I'm not claiming I have the key to Utopia. Certainly we'd be trading one set of problems for another. But I think the problems we'd gain would be more amenable to management by the psychological tools of average humans than the problems we now have.

      And I've focused on the employer as the key to housing, schools, police protection, etc. because -- in the words of Willie Sutton -- "That's where the money is." Corporate profits have increased significantly over the last several decades, while real middle-class earnings have been flat or even lost ground.

      I would be interested to see what effect the recession has had on inflation-adjusted corporate profits compared to the last several decades.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 11:45:50 AM PDT

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