[Marxism] LENIN'S TOMB: Hegemony begins in the workplace
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Tue Feb 18 18:31:02 MST 2014
Hegemony begins in the workplace posted by lenin
There's an essay of Gramsci's, on 'Americanism and Fordism', which
attempts to draw out what is modern and rational in the cocoon of
batshit pseudo-science and moralism that went by the name of Fordism.
We may think of Fordism as being to do with mass production, high
productivity and thus relatively high wages, with Taylorist assembly
line methods being used to break down tasks and speed up completion.
This is the image that is most current. But in fact, it is much more
than that. Fordism is about the political and ideological domination of
workers by their employers. It is about moral regulation and
demographic rationalisation. When the boss doesn't just want to know
what you are doing on the shop floor; when the boss wants to know about
your family life, your sumptuary propensities, your sexuality, what sort
of music you listen to - that is Fordism proper. That is the Fordism of
northern US industries, but also of southern textile towns.
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