Friday, January 13, 2012

Some Things Never Change

     I found it, not quite amusing, but ironic maybe that North and South contained a subplot that revolved around the workers union and a resulting strike. Having lived in Detroit my entire life, I grew up with frequent strikes by the members of the United Auto Workers. Centuries separate the writing of this book and modern day strikes, yet the situations surrounding them don't seem to change. The workers strike, the unions inflate themselves with self importance, the companies hire knobsticks or scabs, and the workers ultimately lose. Whether it is the 19th century or the 21st, strikes haven't changed much at all, and it makes me wonder why workers even still try it.

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