Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Michael Barone Explains It to You

The old saw is that generals often lose the war they are in because they fight the last war. Michael Barone suggests that the union movement is fighting an enemy that no longer exists:

Who's to blame for the unions' plight? I blame Frederick W. Taylor. Most readers will ask, who? And those who know the name might wonder why I pin the blame on someone who died in 1915.

Some ideas outlive their original proponents, of course. The ideas of Frederick W. Taylor certainly did. Barone explains why in the linked piece, and why opposition to Taylor's ideas remains a big part of what we see in unions today. I recommend it.


Anonymous said...

Isn't it ironic that the fight against alleged Taylorism is being applied in the public sector, and for people who on one hand want to be referred to as professionals, but on the other hand want to bargain as if they are the very illiterates that Taylor exploited. I guess that makes the Taxpayers "the man."

Night Writer said...

Exactly. This is part of a longer post that I've been working on over the past few days.

I really need to get this finished.

Bike Bubba said...

Look forward to it, NW. My take is that Taylor's methods survive quite well in NEA classrooms as "classroom management methods," generally known to students as "busywork."

And then we get to pay the price as yet another generation graduates without learning how to think, and immediately votes for Mark Dayton.