Selected Articles on Problems of Labor (1920)
by Daniel Bloomfield (9780217868402)

Selected Articles on Problems of Labor (1920)
Daniel Bloomfield
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 162
Category: Political Science
ISBN: 9780217868402
ISBN-10: 0217868401

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: GENERAL THE CENTRAL PROBLEMS' The first problem of reconstruction is the Business Man. As Brooks Adams said four years ago, in his impressively conservative book on "The Theory of Social Revolutions," the modern business man?"capitalist," Mr. Adams calls him? has been evolved under "the stress of an environment which demanded excessive specialization in the direction of a genius adapted to money-making under highly complex industrial conditions," to which "money-making attribute all else has been sacrificed," so that he "thinks in terms of money more exclusively than the French aristocrat or lawyer ever thought iu terms of caste." With this socially blind and for the present politically powerful class, our country must reckon thoughtfully and justly. To the extent that reconstruction solutions make it necessary to subordinate accustomed proprietary interests to justice and fair dealing, uncompromising opposition must be expected from all business interests that are rooted in or affiliated with monopoly. The second problem of reconstruction is Labor. We have become so habituated to thinking of labor exclusively in terms of "hiring" and "firing" and "wages" and "labor turnover," and "lower classes," that we neglect vital distinctions. We must learn to realize that labor is the antithesis of idleness, not of capital or business, not of industrial investment, leadership or management. It ranges all the way from the most impoverished worker to the most prosperous manager of work, in so far as their work is socially useful. When, therefore, we think of Labor as wage-working classes in contradistinction to employing classes, we find ourselves in a dizzy whirlpool of thought? the so-called "conflict of labor and capital." But since we must take the public mind as we find it, we s...

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