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
And, increased religious influence in
the IAF organizations reminds me of Durkheim’s (1939) concept of mechanical
solidarity and bringing about collective [religious] consciousness.
Alinsky TD2, as Weber would say, the dominant
form of organization becomes the bureaucracy when the charismatic leader
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.
|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.