By Nelson Lichtenstein
For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship--on hard work, politics, and social thought--to chart the background and customers of a revolutionary the United States. A Contest of Ideas collects and updates lots of Lichtenstein's such a lot provocative and arguable essays and reviews.
These incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the hard work circulation to the variations within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights flow, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such vital roles. Tracing huge styles of political idea, Lichtenstein bargains vital views at the dating of work and the kingdom, the tensions that typically exist among a tradition of rights and the assumption of team spirit, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislations, and highbrow existence.
The quantity closes with pix of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been important to the conflicts that interact the hard work flow, public coverage, and political tradition.
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Moreover “pull” production requires speed, predictability, and accuracy in the delivery of goods. indd 34 5/24/13 8:04 AM Supply-Chain Tourist 35 All of this has made life increasingly difficult for workers both at home and abroad. The rise of a system of global supply chains, with their multilayered set of factories, vendors, and transport links, has created a world system in which legal ownership of the forces of production have been divorced from operational control. This shift has generated a system in which accountability for labor conditions is legally diffused and knowledge of the actual producers is far from transparent.
It is still not very big. Between Fayetteville and the Missouri line there are hardly more than two hundred thousand people. But it is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the country. In Bentonville, where WalMart maintains its world headquarters in an unimpressive, low-slung building next to the original company warehouse, the parking lots are full, the streets are crowded, and new construction can be found everywhere. indd 29 5/24/13 8:04 AM 30 shaping myself, shaping history Most important, Bentonville is home to at least five hundred, perhaps a thousand, branch offices of the largest Wal-Mart “vendors,” who have planted their corporate flag in northwest Arkansas in the hope that they can maintain or increase their sales to the world’s largest buyer of consumer products.
10 “Globalization” is too sweeping a word to describe this new regime or the new labor question it has engendered. ” The retail-dominated supply chains that now organize such a large proportion of international trade herald the return to prominence and power of a particular organizational form in the history of world capitalism that we once thought was long past. Merchant capitalism was and is a form of market exchange, primarily in commodities, in which traders, shippers, merchants, and financiers play key roles over and above the commodity producers and manufacturing enterprises of our time.
A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein