Table 4: From Durkheim & Weber to Chomsky & Lyotard
 
Circular History 

More than 60 years ago the United States banned child labor, sweatshops, long workdays and workweeks. But now we are subsidizing, encouraging and failing to criticize the enslavement of young people in the Third World. The so-called Third Wave, boosted by President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the form of GATT and the World Trade Organization prohibits member nations like the United States from discriminating against the importation of goods made by children.

Division of Labor

There is a point where a network of organizations attempts either by efforts of its members or by the intrusion of some other network of organizations attempt to organize its relationships. To complete the division of labor, but on a global scale this is the function of TD1 and TD2.

The Manufacture of Consent versus Conversation and Local Narrative
  • Lyotard’s (1984) expectation that local narratives be constructed to counteract universal and totalism narratives of modernism is a great challenge. Perhaps it is too great a challenge when you consider who owns the media and who accredits the business college.
TDs Tend to Bureaucratize
  • Alinsky TD2, as Weber would say, the dominant form of organization becomes the bureaucracy when the charismatic leader is succeeded. 
  • The political strength of the IAF transorganizations comes from not getting into hot racial waters, and the structure appears to put the system into Weber’s bureaucratic ideal type. 
And, increased religious influence in the IAF organizations reminds me of Durkheim’s (1939) concept of mechanical solidarity and bringing about collective [religious] consciousness.
Free Market Capitalism
  • "Hardly a day passes without acclaim for the exciting new idea of the New World Order: free market capitalism that will liberate the energies of active and creative people, for the benefit of all." But, who does this story of the world benefit? -Chomsky - 1994
On the History of TDs 
  • But, as Weber says, the bureaucratic system is much more long lasting, while the Alinsky forms revert to feudal or to bureaucratic systems.
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