[lit-ideas] Re: Nation Building

I think he raised the wage so people could go out and buy his cars,
literally.  Who needs a car if there's no time to drive it?  It's kind of
the irony of Bush's policies of denigrating the middle class.  The middle
class is the economic engine of any capitalist system.  


> [Original Message]
> From: Robert Paul <robert.paul@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 2/7/2006 4:29:58 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Nation Building
>
> Phil Enns wrote:
>
> > It seems to make good sense for the capitalist.  Thinking along the
> > lines of Henry Ford, if one wants to develop as large a market as
> > possible for one's goods, giving one's employees the time to be
> > consumers can be profitable. 
>
> It did make sense for the capitalist. In 1914, Henry Ford cut the work 
> day in his Highland Park, Michigan, plant from nine hours to eight, so 
> that he could run the plant on three shifts around the clock. He also 
> raised the daily wage to five dollars, which was almost double the 
> previous wage.
>
> It should be noted though that Ford was no friend of organized labor.
>
> Robert Paul
> Reed College
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