Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker

It is now the capitalist who says, “Workers of the world, unite!,” the better to dissolve those “inefficiencies” in the labor market (that is, high wages) that arise from political boundaries. The slogan once expressed a hope to organize a body of workers who were dispersed and hence exploitable, whereas now it captures the desire for a mass of “human resources,” exploitable because undifferentiated. This latter intention is accompanied by all the easy moral prestige of multiculturalism, so it finds its champions on the erstwhile Left. Those at the top of the food chain get a new identity in which to take pride, that of the sushi-eating, Brazilian-girlfriend-having cosmopolitan.
Fast bikes, slow food, and the workplace wars: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker
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