Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society

Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society

Michael Perelman

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0745324061

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Leading scholars discuss ideology and hotly contested post-structuralist theory.

The Long Twentieth Century

The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce

Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C)

Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917 (The Essential Žižek)

Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress, Industry and Stuff














may have bought their Perelman 01 chap01 24 18/5/05 10:49:42 am People as Consumers 25 goods well below cost, Wedgwood’s strategy made his products far more valuable to his less distinguished customers. As he deliciously observed: “Fashion is infinitely superior to merit in many respects” (McKendrick 1982: 108). Wedgwood’s strategy was fantastically successful. For example, even in the United States between 1898 and 1916, products for the table and the kitchen took up a surprising 13 per

customer’s interests with respect to other far more consequential features. No prospect [meaning customer] is intelligent enough to definitely determine the weighted value of all the elements that enter into any particular car. [Sloan 1963: 180] Sloan’s strategy proved hugely successful: Fins spawned finlets, Dagmars multiplied [protruding bullet-shaped objects on bumpers named for a busty Danish entertainer], and the auto-buying frenzy of the 1950s commenced, as if on signal. In 1955 new car

work is difficult enough, even with a relatively stable work schedule. More and more, the presumption that most jobs would be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. has become obsolete. In 1997, less than 30 per cent of all workers in the United States worked 35–40 hours per week, Monday through Friday on a fixed schedule according to a government survey (Presser 1999: 1778). No wonder that households report that they had just 19.8 hours left each week for relaxation, sports, hobbies, entertainment, and socializing in

driving it into bankruptcy. Long-Term’s inability to repay its enormous debts threatened to set off a panic that could possibly unravel the entire world financial system. Peter K. Fisher, an executive with the New York branch of the Federal Reserve led an effort to corral major Wall Street firms into bailing out the hedge fund. Although these firms lost money in the bailout, their losses would have been far greater if a panic had broken out (Lowenstein 2000: 194–5). The government could adopt a

Administration (Reiman 1996: 70). As mentioned earlier, OSHA inspectors are fairly effective; the problem is that they are understaffed and enforcement, once they uncover safety violations, is inadequate to say the least. Considering that almost 70,000 people per year die from occupational injuries and diseases, increasing the number of OSHA inspectors makes good sense. Nobody to date— certainly not John Graham—has accused the government of statistical murder on this account. One government

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