Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SKATE TO THE LEFT!
I like to see regular people working.
Regular people don't work much any more. You don't know that because you don't know any regular people. They're the guys with meth teeth and neck tattoos glaring at you on the subway, sitting next to some other regular guy's illegitimate kid and her mother. Their new job is being a professional mess. It pays OK, but it doesn't "beat working," as we used to say when we cadged a job with no heavy lifting.
If you think regular people not working is a problem now, you ain't seen nothin' yet. There are elaborate schemes in play right now to hide all sorts of people from being counted as not working. They're tucked away in endless educational gulags where no one learns anything or goes on to do anything worth doing. They're stashed in cubicles where people don't do the things they were hired to do, that shouldn't be done anyway, and won't be for much longer. You'll find them nibbling around the edges of commerce in various hamstringing poses, an army of love children of Ralph Nader and Howard Zinn. They are never going to make anything, and will keep others from doing so if they can. Beats working. For now.
Working in a factory like the one shown in the video can be dreary work. I've done it. But it doesn't destroy your soul. You can destroy your soul on the weekends if you like, but the work lends meaning to life.
Time marches on. If you want to get your knickers in a twist over the loss of jobs in a Hammond factory, you should probably at least consider that the Hammond organ, which is a wonderful thing, was designed and made to put big pipe organ manufacturers out of business. Churches and other public buildings needed cheap organs after WW II. It's nicer to see people making musical instruments than munitions in that factory, isn't it? Tell it to the pipe organ makers.
A Hammond organ cost a fortune and weighed a ton. I've moved a "chopped" Hammond organ many times, along with its evil brother, the Leslie cabinet, and I didn't sing opera under my breath while doing it, except maybe the parts of an opera where someone gets stabbed. It's weird to think of it as a cheesy, cheap substitute for what it replaced, but you have to understand what's going on in an economy that becomes technologically more advanced and allows for creative destruction.
The people in the video were useful and valuable, and made useful and valuable contributions to public life. They had dignity. A good machine makes people more valuable. The world is full of bad machines.