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Tra-la-la, you are my only resource

If the relabelling of Personnel departments as ‘Human Resources’ was designed to reassure the workers that they were henceforth to be more highly valued and appreciated, this only goes to demonstrate the shallowness of managerial thinking. There is nothing wrong with the word ‘Personnel’; it is a sort of plural of persons, which is what […]

The Washington Consensus, gastric value and the blood of virgins

It is mildly gratifying to see the current homage paid to ‘corporate social responsibility’; meaning that a corporation should have social objectives and obligations other than maximising shareholder value. Other people strongly disagree with this, saying that a corporation exists solely to make a profit for its stockholders and can have no other aim or […]

Holding the workers by their health benefits

When government-run social and health insurance is privatised, or has never been invented, these functions must be discharged by one or more of the following: labour unions; mutual societies; churches; insurance companies; or employers. Although modern social insurance actually began with labour union funeral societies, it is unthinkable that the plutocracy would allow organised labour […]

Public office as private investment

The notion that when you are appointed to public office, everything that you need to perform your function is provided by the public purse, then is left behind for your successor, is actually a very recent one in British history. Until the mid-nineteenth century, you had to provide everything the office required from your own […]

Jack Ketch and truly radical free-marketry

We are told of the virtues of the outsourcing of government services on contract as if such a thing had never been attempted before. We are never told of the previous ages in which this was done, how it worked out, and why it was abandoned. It is early days yet. The Americans in Iraq […]

The two models of management

There are only two basic models of management: either you reward people for working, or you whip them for not working. Which is employed will generally depend on how rich the person was to start with. Abraham Maslow dared to suggest that even ordinary people should be rewarded well, and would work all the better […]

Producers and layabouts

Akin to the Thatcher doctrine that the poor should work under the goad of terrible fear and the rich in the hope of huge rewards is the idea that the rich man is so useful to society that he need not pay tax. In the Middle Ages, magnates were granted productive assets (that is, lands […]

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 15:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: THE ENSLAVING MAMMAL, The Return of the Feudalist

Taking the cowl and mortgage

The medieval Cistercian monastery has rightly been considered the origin of the modern industrial system: a parent-and-subsidiary structure, standardised plant design and a ferociously organised and disciplined workforce that could out-compete independent secular labour, not only through multinational management and economies of scale but also because the workers had no wives and children. On this […]