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Erwin
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Rommel

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The article you wrote about Henry Ford raising his workers wages was a hit job, you clearly don’t like the Great Henry Ford for some reason, Henry Ford is the reason how factories are run today, Henry Ford is the greatest business man to ever live and he was good to his workers, he didn’t exploit them and cheat them like modern day American big business who only cares about their Executives and shareholders and their short time gains stock buy backs at the expense of the livelihoods of their workers by refusing to pay a fair living wage 18$ a hour and cutting jobs as much as they can, not investing hardly any money into the actual company like building a new bigger factory because demand is high, trying to expand the business, they only care about themselves, Henry Ford hated Globalism and Communism he believed we should manufacture everything we need right here in America be self sufficient as we should and can be which we was up until the 1970s when President Nixon open China up for American big businesses and the rest is history we lost all our jobs we lost are middle class all because of greedy fuckers in Wall Street and Big business, Henry Ford was a genius he is a American hero and one of the greatest Americans in our history, there is a group of greedy Americans who are responsible for the destruction of the middle class this greedy globalist leftist group of people who have no allegiance to America they believe the world is their country, this group of people are greedy selfish heartless money grabbers who have stolen all the wealth of the middle class they are vermin they are scum, Henry Ford is a great American and you wrote a hit piece on him and yes workers did get paid 5$ a day wtf are you talking about it’s not that hard to figure out, workers got paid twice as much money per week when he raised their wages in 1914. Your a hack just like all the other liberal fucks who just have to write a hit job piece cause they can’t stand when they see something they don’t like. People like you are pathetic. Have a nice day scum bag!

Whoo Boy, has he got various things wrong.

14 thoughts on “A reader writes in”

  1. “here is a group of greedy Americans who are responsible for the destruction of the middle class this greedy globalist leftist group of people who have no allegiance to America they believe the world is their country, this group of people are greedy selfish heartless money grabbers who have stolen all the wealth of the middle class they are vermin they are scum,”

    He’s pretty on the money here, and not just in America. The entire Western political class view their own countrymen with contempt.

  2. I’m vaguely puzzled.

    When this kind of drivel is written, it’s always about how some group are attempting to drive some other group into the ground. This week, apparently, the Evil Rich are trying to grind the Good Hearted Common Peepul into the ground and apparently the Evil Rich are globalists, whatever that means.

    It’s apparently never about when people run enterprises well, some folk get richer as a direct result, and with some luck some other people can get more stuff, or the same old stuff (including services) better or cheaper or both as a result of those enterprises being better. It’s **always** with evil intent. That you are richer than me is apparently prima facie evidence that you have done me down, nd will always do me down. It’s apparently nothing to do with you having chosen to be a realtor while I chose computer architecture.

    Plus the dreadful sentence structure.

    Is it innate in people that when they see folk doing things they don’t like or don’t understand it’s always interpreted as they’re out to get us?

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    Jim, I think that sorta in general, the political class has always looked upon the general populace as a bunch of wittering fools whose purpose – if any – was to be used by the political class as a means to their own ends. I see no shift over time in this attitude. I see no reason for there to be any shift. Well, as long as the political class continues to exist

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    I do see that with the better communications afforded by t’internet, there may well be better methods for ‘managing’ a country (town, city, state, ..) than the current ones. To be truly ‘utopian’, one might think of a universe where the ‘government’ is truly minimal, and on top of that one might seek to set stuff up so that contractors propose projects to the populace, and the populace contract *individually* each to pay some amount of money for a fixed term to pay the contractor to achieve that end. Contractors that fail go out of business in the normal manner. You’d need some ‘basic tax’ to pay for the minimal government (who might be elected, or might be another bunch of contractors) who’d administer the contracts; but you’d not be “electing people who promise to do stuff”; you’d be “awarding contracts to folk to **do** them”.

    Yes; it’d have to be a tad more complex than that (different laws everywhere gets confusing, as do different police forces and judges). But perhaps there’s a minimum set of services “the state” should provide, plus the service of administering the what Giant projects do y’all’s want to pay for scheme as above.

  3. Not that I use this kind of stuff as a cogent argument, but you can play his game and reply with:

    “Why do you think an anti-Semite was such a genius?”

    Or,

    “Henry Ford left us with the Ford Foundation. Will you now denounce this globalist bastard?”

    I appreciate Henry Ford’s contributions as much as the next capitalist, but this black-and-white bootlicking is deserving of a good troll.

  4. The quote is nice,,, but “a can be found *here*” for context would be nice…. ( source, even behind paywall, is important…) ..

    just general, but if you’re going to Rag On Stuff, you *source* it.. Interwebz 101.

  5. I was going to say he’d fit right in amongst many of the commenters here, but I see Jim beat me to it

  6. Ford was a very successful chap. In spite of what Americans tell their children, however, he did not invent mass production nor the production line.

    I once heard Obama claim that the motor car was an American invention. Presumably his speech-writer had been told that Ford invented the car. Interesting that Obama was so ignorant, though, that he failed to red-pencil it.

  7. “Ford was a very successful chap. In spite of what Americans tell their children, however, he did not invent mass production nor the production line.”

    He was, however, the first in the US to apply some common sense to straight-up capitalism, tied loose ends together and made things… work…
    To the extent that he’s still seen as an example of How To Do Things.

    He may not have been wholly original, but he damn well got the job done on his terms in his time within the hurdles he had to work with.
    Now…. in ever perfect hindsight….

  8. For most inventions there are two people: the person who invented it and the person who made it economically viable. Both are equally important — an idea that is useless is, well, useless, and without the idea there’s no way it can be implemented in a way that benefits the consumer.

    James Watt didn’t invent the steam engine, but he created an implementation of it that produced a useful amount of power, and could be built by anyone with some basic foundry equipment — local production of heavy stuff was very important before the introduction of the railway. Everyone else copied or went bust (some did both).

    Henry Ford didn’t invent the production line, but he created an implementation of it that made cars accessible to the richest 10% rather than the richest 1%. Everyone else in the motor industry copied or went bust (some did both).

    Apple didn’t invent the smartphone, but they created an implementation of it that a significant number of people wanted to pay real money for. Everyone else in the mobile phone industry copied or went bust (some did both).

  9. Yes, Ford didn’t invent the production line, he was just the first to apply the principle to building cars. Components for the rigging of sailing ships and for the actions of pianos were made using such methods. I would suspect that Ford using such methods for building cars made the makers of other stuff realise that they could do it that way too.

  10. “the first in the US to apply some common sense to straight-up capitalism”: what on earth do you mean?

  11. and

    Ford built a city in middle of South America jungle, after cutting down all the trees

    Is this where green hatred of cars stems from?

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