Union Lessons

This week is one of those times where the topic got away from me and the result was not what I expected. My initial plan was to do four or five segments on topics related to the early union movement. Maybe focus on five people or five notable strikes and then pivot to how they relate to our age. I like the five segment format as it pleases my sense of balance, so I thought five ten minute bits on these topics would work.

Then I started putting together the first segment and things got away from me. I quickly discovered that my own knowledge of the material was inadequate. There were things I had either forgotten or never learned. It was also clear that the topics I picked were bigger than what I can cover in ten minutes. This week’s show is a good example of what happens when you bite off more than you can chew.

Still, I like the topic and I’m going to come back to it. I also like the fact that much of this is forbidden knowledge. The union movement really is a great example of how the usual suspects hose the Left just like they hose the Right. The modern union movement is thoroughly incorporated into cosmopolitan globalism. When was the last time a modern Progressive gave a speech in favor of labor?

The union movement is also a great topic for dissidents, because it breaks that old conditioning most of us labor under, having come out of conservatism. If you were a libertarian or any sort of conservative, you were tuned to hate unions. That sense is still with us, but there is a lot dissidents can learn from the union movement. We face many of the same problems faced by labor a century ago.

The union movement is also a great way to begin thinking about the fact that not all things should be subject to market forces. There are things that are morally right because we believe them to be right on their face. Whether or not they hold up in the marketplace is immaterial. The treatment of our fellow citizens in the workplace is one of those things that should never be left to the marketplace.

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This Week’s Show

Contents

  • 00:00: Opening
  • 05:00: Molly Maguires (Link) (Link)
  • 25:00: Saboteurs & Provocateurs (Link) (Link)
  • 45:00: Eugene V Debs (Link) (Link)
  • 55:00: Closing

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Chaz Chazstein
Chaz Chazstein
Member
5 months ago

fuck yeah friday! time for the zmooth voize of the zman

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
5 months ago

Z says: “The union movement is also a great way to begin thinking about the fact that not all things should be subject to market forces.” This is an extremely important idea to understand, and it requires a bit of explication as to WHY all things should not be subject to market forces. Z explicates it from a very solid moral and humanistic perspective: “there are things that are morally right because we believe them to be right on their face.” Again, a very important statement. The business about “market forces” is a technical thing which requires a bit of… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
5 months ago

Exactly. white Americans have been brainwashed into believing that they serve the great God Economy instead of the other way around. As Americans have less and less in common genetically and culturally, Free Markets and Democracy have become rallying cry for unity.

For your typical flag-waving CivNat, belief in those two things is what makes you an American, regardless of race or religion. Therefore, unfettered Free Markets and Democracy must be defended at all costs or our country is lost.

abprosper
abprosper
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

The CivNat’s are a shrinking part of the equation, younger people both Millennial’s and Zyklons run to socialism. The issue forward is really Cultural Marxism and immigration Get rid of those and most of the issues we have will go away. Its even slightly possible that a sufficiently Socialist Nationalist or Social Democratic USA with a homogeneous enough population might be able to reverse course This is though a couple of decades out if possible at all. CivNat boomers will die off and us Gen X mostly small in number will age out . Th eonly replacment are the 30… Read more »

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
5 months ago

I have a slightly different take. In a closed system / society, the job market will force employers to pay well enough to keep and retain reliable workers. As soon as you open the borders and overload the supply side of the equation, the value of workers plummets. Doesn’t matter if it’s 1880 or 2020. I think of unions and minimum wages as attempts to offset the destruction caused by excessive immigration. I had a conversation with a friend last year who was bitching that there weren’t enough cheap immigrants to drive company trucks. I pointed out that 40 or… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

Had the same discussion with my father in law, except about landscapers. I said that there were landscapers in 1980s before all the immigration and that there are landscapers right now in Maine, New Hampshire and rural Minnesota that use white guys. So, yeah, you can have a landscaping industry without Mexicans. You just have to pay the guys more so they don’t have to live like, well, Mexicans.

He did what fuc$ing boomers always do. He didn’t disagree, he just shrugged, like “Well, there’s nothing we can do about it and not my problem anyway.” Utterly brainwashed and beaten.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

In the 70s and 80s landscapers were called “neighborhood boys”. I made some good money cutting lawns.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

Yep. Friend of mine as a kid started by mowing a few neighbors yards, then bought a truck and starting mowing more yards, then started doing some more landscaping.

Still does it, mostly on his own or with his kid. Lives in a nice little house and has a good life. But then, that area doesn’t have immigrants.

B Stirge
B Stirge
Member
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

I used to rake leaves. My old man wasn’t about to give me money for nothing so I had to earn it. Seems like kids don’t do that anymore

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

Drake, Landscaping was my job as a HS kid. Actually before too. Worked at 13. Graduated to power tools at 14. Before that we all picked berries at the local berry farms. The owner of the company was a landscape architect. We did full build jobs but the bread n butter was maintenance. He designed mostly at night and on weekends in his office in his modest ranch house. His days were with us in the field doing hard labor. All white kids. Mostly friends of his son. We worked our asses off. It was brutal work but paid well,… Read more »

David_Wright
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

What are you doing about it?

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  David_Wright
5 months ago

Well, for one, trying to wake up other whites. Also, joining groups that might someday help us. Contributing money to people like Z who will help organize and recruit. Contributing money to the very few politicians who seem to be on our side.

Also, I’m letting people know publicly that I favor my own people. I’m also not letting people like my father in law just get away with saying things like he did. I’m letting others like us know that you can stand up for our side.

Something else you want me to do?

David_Wright
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

So what many Paleo Cons and even regular types have been doing for decades. Of course they didn’t play the generational blame game.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  David_Wright
5 months ago

So what are your suggestions, smart guy? And, no, the ten or so Paleo Cons weren’t doing what we’re trying to do. They’re Sailer types. If they did meet, it was an intellectual circle jerk, discussing the finer points of the Constitution and libertarian theory and how that would solve our problems. They sure as hell weren’t trying to form community groups, political groups and advocacy groups, which is my ultimate goal. Will we succeed? I don’t know, but at least we’ll try. The Paleo dozen didn’t even do that. Btw, in my real world, there are many under 50… Read more »

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Citizen. I’ve said much the same before here. I’m an older Xer and outside of guys I’ve met solely through Our Thing, I don’t know anyone older than me who’s any more based than Tea Party-Breitboomer level. You are 101% correct on what Boomers should be doing. Retired, well-funded guys should be a vanguard for Us rather than leaving the young guys to man the front lines alone. In a cultural and demographic war of ideas, money and influence, the roles found in normal physical war are reversed. We geezers have the hoplite heavy armor and weapons in this war,… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

Exile, thanks. To be honest, I think that a lot of criticism directed at Boomers is misplaced. It would have been hard in 70s, 80s and even to a degree in the 90s to see just how bad this would get. The fact that they didn’t stop it when we had a chance is somewhat understandable. No, I have a problem with Boomers for what they’re doing now – which is nothing. What our movement desperately needs is well-funded organizations with normal individuals publicly at their head. For the love of God, that’s exactly what Boomer can provide. GenXers and… Read more »

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Citizen says, “Think if just twenty Boomers in every city get together and start pooling their money and expertise. Then they combined with other Boomers in other cities and started funding European-American organizations out in the open. Hired lawyers to sue anyone and everyone. Donated to political campaigns. Hired guys fired because they spoke out.” And then, “But they sit there watching Fox news, pretending to believe their stupid color-blind CivNat lies while deep in their brains knowing that they’re whoring their people over because they don’t want to be called a racist.” That last sentence is not a good… Read more »

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Lorenzo
5 months ago

Lorenzo, we’re running out time. Either Boomers want to help or they don’t. Make the call. I’d love their help. But if they don’t want to step up, l need to know to make plans.

Their grandchildren are screwed if we stay on our current path. I shouldn’t have to ask for their help. They should be offering. If I have to ask – given what they know – then they’re not worth the effort.

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Lorenzo
5 months ago

“That last sentence is not a good way to approach someone who you want help from.”

We’re not making an “approach.” We’re here to have an honest, adult conversation about issues important to Us. This isn’t a fundraising drive.

Repetition 1001. NABALT, but those among them who insist on having their entire generation shielded from criticism with ADL-like solicitude and demand their ring must be kissed before they stand up for their own people and their own children are not the kind of people who are ever going to help anyway.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

“You are 101% correct on what Boomers should be doing. Retired, well-funded guys should be a vanguard for Us rather than leaving the young guys to man the front lines alone.”

Last I heard from Generation Xers, they were anxious for the Boomers to die off so the Really Smart Xers could finally get control and fix things. Now the Boomers are supposed to do the heavy lifting in the creation of Honkeytopia. There must have a memo I didn’t get.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Lorenzo
5 months ago

Look, we’re trying. Boomers have something the rest of don’t: They can’t get fired. If you can’t understand what a massive advantage that is, well, thanks, but no thanks.

I’m doing all kinds of thing so that I’ll be financially independent. Is it because I want to play golf? No. It’s so I can help our cause. Boomers are already there. And what do they do with that gift? Nothing.

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Lorenzo
5 months ago

Lorenzo, stop deflecting. Am I right about what Boomers could and should be doing? I don’t exempt older Xers from this, FWIW. I said “we geezers” not “you geezers.” But let’s stay on point. I’m well aware that NABALT on this. A lot of Boomers are still plugged into the system in ways that legitimately limit them – families to protect, etc. But we talk about groups around here. As a group, Boomers are better positioned to vanguard for Us than younger guys. Nothing the white-knights and butt-hurt personalizers have said (or frankly can say) suggests otherwise. They’re just using… Read more »

Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Organize. One institution to support is the trade union movement, which conservatives have stupidly maligned for decades under the influence of libertarian economics and the donors who spout it. But how is any political party going to be “the party of the working class” if it doesn’t support strong unions and collective bargaining? In many, many communities the strongest bond, the most culturally cohesive “little platoon,” was the union local. Unionism kept generations voting Democratic even after that party had abandoned the people who built it. If you want to strengthen the grandsons and granddaughters of the folks Zman talks… Read more »

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  David_Wright
5 months ago

David, to riff on Vizz’s joke from yesterday, whenever someone criticizes your generation, please go out of your way to take it personally. Please keep white-hair-knighting for strangers whose only affinity with you is age, people that hate your people and our way of life.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

Exile, we all deserve some blame. GenXers like myself came face-to-face with all of this in the 90s and early 2000s, but we’re slow to wake. Boomers likely didn’t have to see much of it in their personal lives so why would they wake up.

I’m more concerned with now. We need to work together and, as we talked about in other comments, Boomers are uniquely equipped to help our cause. I just wish they would.

Member
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Here in Oregon there are apparently still not quite enough beaners to do ALL the yardwork. They do most of it though. A few years back I saw my first White landscaper guy and learned something. Apparently leafblowers have a throttle! He kept using it as he needed to blow some leaves into a pile so the sound went up and down in intensity. Yes, you apparently don’t have to keep it going full blast all the time.

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Yeah the “cost structure” of constant labor wage suppression via immigration coupled with moving the bulk of a living wage onto the public balance sheet.

My GF runs a pre-school company. The only way the wages make sense is by factoring in the discounted childcare for their own kids, a high income husband with health benefits, or – like 50% of the teachers, qualifying for medicaid. This in a top-tier State, top-tier cities in terms of quality of life.

Fully employed, state certified, job-specific education and credentials, working with children, and STILL on medicaid. Thats the cost structure.

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

No, your take is correct, and it doesn’t contradict my own. One might (at least in a sanely-run society) think of unions as a kind of citizenship in your profession. By keeping strict limits on citizenship or union or guild membership, you put a control on the value of your labor. This doesn’t distort price mechanisms or defy the free market so long as you are willing to say, Well we just so happen to have a market in which these types of labor price controls are taken as a given. That is simply healthy, human-based reasoning. Of course if… Read more »

The Right Doctor
The Right Doctor
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

This helps me make sense of something I noticed as a kid compared to now. I’m a mid-boomer and we lived in tract homes, generic suburbs. But I think back to the occupations of the dads in the neighborhood. My father was a GS type, supporting five kids. We had several engineers who worked at the (nuclear weapons) test site, some guys with office jobs in commerce, one furniture-store worker, but also the AD and football coach of the local university. And – the year I went away to college, the coach of a pro sportsball team moved in. I’m… Read more »

Member
5 months ago

“There are things that are morally right because we believe them to be right on their face. Whether or not they hold up in the marketplace is immaterial.” That truth is much easier understood in a cohesive homogeneous society. What unites modern Americans other than our capitalist system? At times a sense of patriotism, but increasingly not the case because of browns. (I say this as an ardent anti-communist, communism being evil in origin, theory, implementation because it breaks down the cultural cohesion and tradition of a society in favor of a utopianism). My personal loyalty lies to my God… Read more »

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  RotorSagas
5 months ago

Rotor, true. The challenge is finding the right vehicles to carry that identity and moral framework forward. We can’t undo demographics and TPTB aren’t going to even slow the flow. I think the union idea has merit but I also think it has many of the same issues as muh democracy. Unions can work but the constituency must be as homogenous as possible; the voting bloc of unions, which is really a micro-democracy must have shared values and universal morality or it just won’t Hold together. My dad worked in labor relations. I saw the management/union dynamics up close. When… Read more »

Member
5 months ago

I worked on the business end of unions back in my banking days. The local workers and some local business managers were ok guys but as soon as you got into the “leadership” it was all about getting free meals and tickets to sporting events. The higher you went, the deeper the corruption.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Arthur Sido
5 months ago

The union movement is a version of socialism. Many of us have been trained to believe “socialism bad”. In the real world, bottom-up socialism, at the micro or small community level, is important as a moral human safety net. The problems involve “top down” socialism and unionism, where the interests of the leadership have no alignment or genuine concern with the people at the bottom who are theoretically the beneficiaries, but the leadership instead simply uses the plight of those at the bottom to leverage their own, different priorities. Union leadership often suffers from their capacity to cheat the system… Read more »

David_Wright
Member
Reply to  Dutch
5 months ago

Check the current news in the UAW . Kickbacks and all kinds of corruption at the top. Everyday it gets deeper.

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Dutch
5 months ago

Dutch, I maintain my lolbertarian opposition to public employee unions (at least in a democracy) because of the unavoidable problem of management (politicians) colluding with the rank-and-file to sell out the owners (us). It’s a baked-in-bust-out.

I’ve done a 180 on private-sector unions. There are tough issues to work out and the balance of interests is tricky, but for large scale businesses, collective bargaining is really the only way to level the playing field between the interests of Big Biz and the workers.

Rwc1963
Rwc1963
Reply to  thezman
5 months ago

This is is spot on. Look at Trumka and his buddies. I saw companies in the 80’s actually bribe union leaders to betray their members. One glaring example was Rockwell aerospace division that was caught not only bribing the union leadership so they could slash wages and bennies but they also tapped the union phones. It absolutely destroyed the morale of the B-1B workforce because they had no one watching their back and management just bullied them at will. Unions are needed because management will invariably shit on their workers. One trick is classifying hourily workers as salaried in order… Read more »

Member
Reply to  Rwc1963
5 months ago

IT has been this way for a long time now. About 15 years back the main scam was hiring some young White schmuck for what he thought was a great salary – and it would have been, for 40 hours work. Of course once he was there he found out that his evenings and weekends vanished into various “emergencies” at work. Nowadays they’ve moved onto using Indians for all that stuff. I hope the Indians screw them up the ass good and hard. The Ayn Rand thing was big among my fellow cubicle slaves but I never quite understood it.… Read more »

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Arthur Sido
5 months ago

If capital can incorporate, it’s only fair that labor can, too. I’d rather get rid of both corporations, to be honest. Corruption, like you say.

Then again the state is a corporation of sorts. This is the bad side of free association I guess. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

joey junger
joey junger
Reply to  Arthur Sido
5 months ago

Who gets called on corruption I think has to do with who controls Sailer’s megaphone. Notice that the guys always portrayed as rotten to the core usually 1) were less bad than the people accusing them of being corrupt 2) happened to be popular with the unwashed, or people the Master Class in New England really hate, i.e. Huey Long, Jimmy Hoffa, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump. A fat sort of postmodern Tammany Hall type like Chris Christie getting his son into a museum when it’s technically closed will probably get more ink and pixels than someone the people in charge… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
Reply to  joey junger
5 months ago

Yea, globalist news rags likethe Detroit News has always been militantly anti-union.

greyenlightenment
Reply to  Arthur Sido
5 months ago

There is the old joke that to get a UAW job at GM, you only needed to know how to operate a control with three buttons: on, off, and jam (if the assembly line had a hang-up) yet these ppl were getting fat wages and cushy benefits. Is it any surprise it went bankrupt. There are stories of ppl showing up late, or not at all, or punching in in the morning and sneaking out to spend the rest of the day at the local sports bar, and then punching out. If you need examples of how awful unions can… Read more »

9-Fingered Bucket Man
9-Fingered Bucket Man
5 months ago

“…they’re not killing us [white people] yet…”

Sure about that? Death by drug overdoses and suicides of whites seems far less important than Congressional meetings on white supremacy. There might not be a secret cabal of evil people sitting around directly planning it, but the effect is the same.

Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
Reply to  9-Fingered Bucket Man
5 months ago

Nope, there actually is a secret cabal of evil people sitting around planning it.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
5 months ago

If not planning it, at least certainly celebrating it. But, yup, planning it as well, most likely.

joey junger
joey junger
Reply to  Doofenshmertz Evil, Inc.
5 months ago

You can’t use “Sackler” as a play in Scrabble, but it’s still an interesting word.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  9-Fingered Bucket Man
5 months ago

“There might not be a secret cabal of evil people sitting around directly planning it, but the effect is the same.”

Really?

https://www.adl.org/2019-adl-national-leadership-summit

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Citizen, I plead guilty to assuming the best in people. Your link really says it all…”whatever you think is going on, it’s actually ten times worse” is not a bad guide to our times…

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Dutch
5 months ago

Here’s the agenda: 1. Countering anti-Semitism and hate crimes at home and abroad; 2. Opposing rollbacks of America’s commitment to be a haven for immigrants and refugees; 3. Combatting white supremacy and extremism; and 4. Supporting equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace, housing, and public accommodation The meeting included police department reps from around the country, senators and congressmen, leading media figures, foreign Jewish leaders, big-time NGO leaders and a U.S. State Department special envoy. The whole thing was financed by some of the richest people in the world. 9-Fingered is right. There’s not a “secret” cabal. There’s a… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

ADL has introduced a school program, “No Place For Hate”. The school districts are lapping it up. Basically all of these four things, translated into demonstrations, sign carrying, testimonials, and all the emotional triggers that kiddos are so prone to internalize. They read Anne Frank as a book project, and inculcate the Holo-thing as the singularly worst thing evah, and right around the corner again if their four things are not followed and demanded, Greta style, from all of us. Heaven help us all…

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Dutch
5 months ago

Actually, while I hate what the ADL and the Jewish community is doing to my community, I don’t hate them. They’re doing what they think is best for their people, which happens to be bad for my people.

We need to learn from them. Gentile whites will never be the same as Jews. We’re not comfortable being a scheming minority. However, for the time being, whites who want to preserve our people ARE a persecuted minority so we should look to the minority group that most successfully protects itself and even flourishes.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
5 months ago

Citizen, it’s frustrating because it is every group for itself now, stepping on top of each other to jam “their” way of things down everyone’s throat. I can see two sides of what the ADL is doing and why (there is an educational and values side, but it is not the values of a lot of people, and hitting school kids when their own values are not fully formed and are suggestible seems awfully manipulative). “My way or the highway”, which is what a lot of these groups that represent a small fragment of the broader community are pushing, is… Read more »

Rwc1963
Rwc1963
Reply to  9-Fingered Bucket Man
5 months ago

Even a dog knows the difference between being kicked and tripped over. Given the systemic and targeted nature of whites being killed via synthetic opioids, one would be rather negligent in not thinking that this is being sanctioned by the higher ups in D.C. A cabal if you will. There are just too many tells. When a kid can order synthetic opioids directly from China and receive it via E-packet with almost no worry of being pinched by the DEA. You have to think it’s being allowed for a reason. It only took me 5 minutes to find sites that… Read more »

Zhim
Zhim
5 months ago

Will this be a 2 part podcast? I am hoping you end this with something “to be continued until next season.”

Exile
Exile
Member
5 months ago

This is a big topic for me. I’ll soft-dox myself to Z and anyone else who was at Scandza Copenhagen in October as the guy who asked Mark Collett if he thought unions were something Our Guys could leverage in fighting muh globoshlomo capital. Mark was pessimistic, understandably, but I’m still cautiously optimistic. Organized labor in America still has some resonance, particularly on the Legacy Left and the legal machinery is still in place. It’s a topic I’m going to mess around with in my own writing and I look forward to plugging into what Z has to say. Be… Read more »

Jack Boniface
Jack Boniface
Member
5 months ago

A big problem has been the eclipse of the unions in private industry by public-sector unions the past 60 years. As these public-sector unions come to dominate elections, they goose their own pay and benefits. This soon could lead to bankruptcy in IL, NJ and other states. And of course they’re Left on immigratoin, diversity, affirmative action, etc. As even FDR warned in 1937: “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very… Read more »

Rwc1963
Rwc1963
Reply to  Jack Boniface
5 months ago

Corporate America and the GOP killed the private sector unions through two methods. 1) LBO’s in the 80’s wiped out millions of jobs in old school factories and corporations. A lot of those were union gigs. What Milken and the corporate raiders did was a act of economic terrorism of the 1st order. No sane country with a industrial policy would have allowed it but we did,. BTW Thatcher allowed the same to happen to Britain’s industries and it too ruined their working class and crippled them economically. 2) NAFTA, WTO, PNTR for China destroyed over 8 miillion blue collar… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
Reply to  Rwc1963
5 months ago

I think a large component of the war on Whites is simply cutting the peasants back down to size. There were getting too uppity..

Brad
Brad
5 months ago

“Big tech is the Pinkertons of the internet” – indeed.

It was Baldwin-Felts Agents involved in the Matewan massacre. A private detective agency much like the Pinkertons. I would recommend reading about the Battle of Blair Mountain to anyone studying the subject as another instructive example to the ones Zman talked about in the podcast.

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
5 months ago

I remember as a youth they have representatives from the UAW and GM come in to school and tell us how wonderful their cooperation has been and how much they love working together. Amusing PR propaganda that I’m sure most of the kids, even if they were 10, could see through. Had Auto Union members in my town that would be basically retired in their forties and State of Michigan Union employees getting big houses in our small rural town at retirement thanks to their large pensions. A difference I noticed between the cases above and ZMan’s examples are the… Read more »

Normie
Reply to  Chet Rollins
5 months ago

Did it annoy you that the rich people in your town who were born into wealth never had to do a day’s labor in their life? That said rich people supported policies that demand cheap labor and off shoring of jobs? That the Business Lobbies in Congress destroyed the Rust Belt and made sure that Unions were always in decline??? Just wondering. When the GOP killed the Unions the White Middle Class died with them. Jealousy of hard working people that got to retire early is a key feature of Conservative voters… Great work White GOP voters! Free Markets! Cheap… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Normie
5 months ago

Once the owners and the workers stopped living down the street or in the next neighborhood over from each other, it was the beginning of the end. The responsibilities and obligations of each to the other, called-in face to face, at the grocery store, at the service club, or in church, kept things honest. It’s an element of community…

Reality Check
Reality Check
Reply to  Normie
5 months ago

Owned! This is exactly how it is. And the GOP got more and more arrogant and hostile towards the victims of their sociopathic greed-playing on people’s envy as stated here. I’ve always though this was a major reason why the republi-frauds got their asses handed to them by Trump in the ’16 primary. That was a huge statement, one that the Rush’s and the Hannity’s of the world avoid like the plague. I’m waiting for people to take the next step and realize that it’s the republi-frauds who are the biggest reason why socialism is becoming more acceptable… The left… Read more »

Horace
Horace
Reply to  Reality Check
5 months ago

“… it’s the republi-frauds who are the biggest reason why socialism is becoming more acceptable…”

This. We only have a communism problem, we only have a socialism problem, we only have an islamism problem because we had and have a cheap-labor-over-ALL-else money-worshipping globalism problem first.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Chet Rollins
5 months ago

I worked a few summers at GM plants. Nice pay for the work – I had to pay union dues despite not being an official member unless I worked over 90 days. I met my “Union Rep” one day – a very large young Italian gentleman wearing a pinstripe suit. One of the days I realized that stereotypes were often accurate.

John Smith
John Smith
Member
5 months ago

Ahhhhh. Another fine lecture, Z! Always a pleasure and a great change of pace.😊👍 Yes, the game between the Elites and the peasantry is much the same… but I think you may have pooped the bed on the media component of the presentation. The game has changed: the media is no longer relevant – or at least, it’s power to shape public opinion has collapsed. In the good ol’ days they could have hung us all with a few hit pieces and smears and that would be it. But nowadays our voices are only a click of the mouse away.… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  John Smith
5 months ago

The dynamics of the Babylon Bee phenomenon is something to behold. The Bee mocks the media by using the same false constructs and deliberate falsities that the MSM uses, but all in the context of satire. People click it and pass it around not because it is factually true, but because it properly and cleverly frames the Clown World we live in. The Left simply can’t process it or fight it, because the “pot calling the kettle black” is big on that one, with the difference being that the MSM pretends their version is true, while the Bee does no… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

My father was a teamster and complained that the union leaders played footsie with management.

One reason for the decline of the unions is that they are seen as unnecessary. Back in the 1950s, the union would bargain with management to get a better deal for their members such as providing medical insurance. Now, people look to the government to force employers to provide, rendering the unions redundant.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

At this point the kids of UAW executives and GM executives attend the same private schools outside of Detroit.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Drake
5 months ago

And none of them attend the same schools as the workers’ kids.

joey junger
joey junger
5 months ago

A rehabilitated version of Eugene Debs is known by a lot of Americans thanks to Kurt Vonnegut’s ceaseless proselytizing in his books. One of the old construction tycoons used to say that he preferred many men from different nations on his crews so that they lacked a common tongue in which to commiserate. Another part of this history that got retconned is The Great Migration, sold to us as black people lighting for the North in search of opportunity and fleeing racism; they were brought, via train, and paid to go North to break the backs of nascent unions there.… Read more »

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  joey junger
5 months ago

Who was Vonnegut’s Debs? I read a lot of his works as a teenager, but don’t recall the character. I do remember his descriptions of Dresden.

Kilgore Trout was Vonnegut’s representation of himself, who realized he was a character in a novel written by an author who wanted to write about someone who suffered all the time.

joey junger
joey junger
Reply to  LineInTheSand
5 months ago

Kilgore Trout was Vonnegut’s veiled tribute to the great science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon . Sturgeon was the one who came up with “Live Long and Prosper” for Spock in the old Star Trek. Vonnegut literally has a protagonist named Eugene Debs Hartke in his novel Hocus Pocus, and makes reference to him in other books, especially being enamored with this quote: “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”

― Eugene V. Debs

Zhim
Zhim
5 months ago

1. More Faun. I have been listening to as much as I can since last week.

And 2. Maybe Eric Striker would know more about the early union stuff. He seems to have come over to this side of the divide from labor issues. Could be wrong though.

3. More Faun. Or groups like them. Such great music must be shared.

Yves Vannes
Yves Vannes
Member
5 months ago

The market being the heavy handed arbiter between classes is one of the corruptions of modernism. Traditional civilization evolved castes or estates that worked symbiotically. Each caste had a mixed economy that worked in the service of that particular caste. There was a reciprocity that was expected within the hierarchy of each caste and and a reciprocity that existed between the various castes. It wasn’t ever perfect but we did managed to build a civilization around this arrangement. It has its roots in the time our ancestors were chasing red-tail deer and woolly mammoths and functioned, yes with problems, until… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  Yves Vannes
5 months ago

I am sorry I will not be around to see how things play out. It would be fascinating to watch, and the future, not too far beyond my lifetime, is likely to take turns and show us things that we can’t even conceive of.

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Yves Vannes
5 months ago

YY, the likelihood of our fight being a multi-generational one is a reason why “the vision thing” is important for us. We need practical action now but we also need great projects and ambitions, as well as artistic and cultural perspectives that can unite and bring into focus the past, present and future across generations. For all that we give the Second Founding mythology of America a good and well-deserved beating around here, we’re going to need a replacement soon. Practicality descends into cynicism and ultimately nihilism if our people are starved of greatness. We need heroes & we need… Read more »

Sandmich
Sandmich
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

You got me thinking. What’s interesting about two of Zman’s big write-ups, the unions and the Irish, is that they did eventually end up “winning”, though their prize wasn’t actually what they were fighting for, their fight having been corrupted over the years. How do we prevent that? Hmm, maybe some sort of victimization ethos? That in turn made me realize that’s where I run into issues: convincing white people that they are victims. It’s interesting because victimology has a bad name among whites due to its use by blacks, but, it doesn’t seem to hurt the Jews much, to… Read more »

TheLastStand
5 months ago

Unions have an important lesson for us. Standing alone, we are easily broken like sticks. Together, we are unbreakable. If only we had a symbol to express that truth and a political philosophy based on it. That would be fascinating.

Also, watch Newsies. Based on a true story. How that movie got past the censors I have no idea.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  TheLastStand
5 months ago

Another union lesson, don’t let your “leaders” sell you out for their own benefit.

LineInTheSand
LineInTheSand
Reply to  TheLastStand
5 months ago

I agree, if only there was a political theory inspired by the bundle of sticks metaphor!

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  LineInTheSand
5 months ago

Line, ISWYDT, bravo.

ProZnoV
ProZnoV
5 months ago

For 80’s republicans, Unions became the penultimate evil with the Air Traffic Controller strike in 1981. When Ronnie R (correctly) fired everyone who wouldn’t cross the picket line, it sent a huge message that “unions are bad”. Which is a shame. As others have written here: PUBLIC sector unions are an awful idea; PRIVATE sector unions, even if corrupt, ultimately have to negotiate something that doesn’t put their company out of business. A good example may be Airline/Pilot unions. It’s a boom/bust cyclical business, but there is simply no way any airline CEO would give out a single penny of… Read more »

G Lordon Giddy
G Lordon Giddy
Reply to  ProZnoV
5 months ago

Agree completely. Private sector unions need revived by public policy and public sector unions are not a good idea. They should be weakened. This will help the middle class.

Educated.redneck
Educated.redneck
Reply to  ProZnoV
5 months ago

I haven’t seen it mentioned yet, but one of the problems the unions brought on themselves is political: they donate and voted straight ticket Democrat for 75 years at D vs R ratios that rival blacks. If Aflcio is a top 10 DNC contributor for 50 straight years, of course the gop is coming after labor – they were essentially the funding and voter turn-out arm of the DNC. Probably a leadership versus troops thing, but its your group, votes, and money that paid for Carter, Clinton, Mondale, Gore, Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein, and Obama. Just look at the SEIU, they… Read more »

Sandmich
Sandmich
Reply to  ProZnoV
5 months ago

There’s an interesting facet to that which I’ve recently come around to. All my life seeing unionized shops go under in my lifetime and the union took the blame, though come to find out it was always largely managements fault.

Member
5 months ago

The press today loves to think they are on the side of the strikers when they are really just the mouthpieces of the powerful. They love to say how their job is to hold the powerful accountable. It’s comical how corrupt they are. Worse, I was reading a story a while ago about the FBI spying thing and all the leaks to the press and what REALLY stood out at me was the incestuous links between the government and the press. Married couples where one is in the press and the other in the government. Brother and sister-in-laws between the… Read more »

Carrie
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

What is “OWS” ?
Given my background and such, I see that and read: “Open-Water Swim.”

Member
Reply to  Carrie
5 months ago

Occupy Wall Street, the protest movement that was big during the great recession.

miforest
Member
5 months ago

more evidence that the GOP is hopelessly lost bunch of sellouts: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/09/gop-governors-try-to-fend-off-refugee-opposition/

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
5 months ago

I enjoyed the pod-cast, but was surprised that you limited the discussion to just 200-years in the past. In reality, the American corporate model was built on the British East India Company which in it’s infancy, put colonists in Jamestown under the same basic corporate structure you live with today. Instead of governors, you now call them directors or CEOs. But the indentured servitude concept still exists as does the basic loss of all rights under the law once you cross the threshold of the company’s front door. As soon as you “badge in” you can wave good by to… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  thezman
5 months ago

There is a very good eBook called “Gangs of America – The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy” written by Ted Nace which covers exactly what the titles describes. It’s well worth a read. http://www.gangsofamerica.com/gangsofamerica.pdf The other one you may enjoy is “India under British Rule from the Foundation of the East India Company” written by J. Talboys Wheeler. This is an absolute gem of a book as it was written in 1886 and is free from the revisionism and opinions of modern writers. https://www.rarebooksocietyofindia.org/book_archive/196174216674_10154590844481675.pdf Although many try to find a parallel between America’s decline and the… Read more »

FurdTurguson
FurdTurguson
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
5 months ago

James Lafond covers this era in his Plantation America series. The interplay between the natives and the successive waves of imported “servants” is particularly interesting.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
5 months ago

Though Bismarck had the advantage of a monochromatic society (in many ways). The US has always had the problem of absorption of an “Addams Family” variety of immigrants. Friedman’s observation of affording open borders or a welfare state, but not both, holds true.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

A friend once observed that slavery was doomed. He explained: You own a car and take good care of it. When something goes wrong, you get it fixed. That’s what slaves were – valuable pieces of property. An employee? Something goes wrong? (points to door) Employers in the 19th Century paid employees only enough to keep them alive. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that a railroad company built a railroad in the South and employed Irish labor rather than slaves because the Irish cost less. The saying at the time was something like “If an Irishman dies, it’s an addition… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

This is exactly why the Brits gave up slavery early on. In fact, it was not a major factor in the expansion of the empire so their claim to have abolished it before the Americans did was just early virtue signaling. Why would anyone want slaves when you can turn an entire continent into indentured servitude? The Brits were masters of it for over 400-years.

Now American CEO’s, embedded with politicians, are doing exactly the same thing to you.

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
5 months ago

Back in my school days took a course on the antebellum South with George Frederickson–and one of the points he hammered on was the capital structure of the northern vs. southern economies. An extraordinary percentage of capital, measured against the whole was tied up in slaves. And no different than large corporations willingly disrupting themselves, there was about zero chance the southern aristocracy would do the same. Think Xerox and copiers…

FurdTurguson
FurdTurguson
5 months ago

Great post. For more discussion of the fight between labor and industry, Below are links to a podcast exploring the railroad strikes of the late 19th century. 4 hours of history rarely discussed these days. Cant help but make the comparison to the tech giants of today.

https://inwardempirepodcast.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-06-30T15_03_05-07_00.mp3

https://inwardempirepodcast.podomatic.com/enclosure/2016-12-23T20_33_28-08_00.mp3

miforest
Member
5 months ago

my ancestors were Appalachian coal miners . may grandfather was killed in a mine cave in. we were not Irish, we were there when Daniel Boone got there.

Reality Check
Reality Check
Reply to  miforest
5 months ago

That whole scene was a good example of pure unadulterated greed…

Member
Reply to  Reality Check
5 months ago

Coal made (makes) the world go round. The world was a rougher place back then. We’re all greedy when it comes to keeping the lights on.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  miforest
5 months ago

A retired hedgefund manager friend remarked: Look at a coal miner. He comes out of a coal mine covered with coal dust. He develops black lung disease. He makes $50, 60 thousand dollars a years. What do these financiers do? They shuffle pieces of paper.

I replied that whatever you want to say about robber barons, they built railroads and steel mills. What do these people do? Shuffle pieces of paper.

miforest
Member
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

the going wage for coal mining now is right arround $35K. it has been faooing like a rock for over a decade.

Member
Reply to  miforest
5 months ago

It’s a much different job now. Mostly manning heavy machinery in strip mines. Not nearly has hazardous.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  miforest
5 months ago

@ miforest – You might enjoy a book called “Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America” written by David Hackett Fischer. There are some very interesting stories of how the Brits, Irish and Scots brought their culture into America and it has remained ever since.

Sod homes built in on the American prairie were not an American invention.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion%27s_Seed

Member
5 months ago

Near me the little towns of New Straitsville and Shawnee were hotspots for the mine labor movement in the 1880s. Robinson’s Cave in New Straitsville is known as the secret birthplace of the United Mine Workers. The area was a major center for the Knights of Labor.

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/wm6AH9_Robinsons_Cave_09_64

Nearby in the town of Drakes was a battle between Pinkertons and miners that is largely lost to history.

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Vizzini
5 months ago

Vizz, I’ll guarantee we’ve walked a lot of the same ground. I grew up within a half-hour’s drive of you. My adopted Scotch-Irish fam had some coal mining roots. One of my great uncles died of Black Lung. I’m glad my mindset and politics have re-centered in a place where I can honor those guys again and hopefully do their descendants some good.

Member
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

My ranch has literal coal mining roots. Just over the hill was the Moxahala coal mines and one of the mines was a deep mine that ran under my property (among other places). There are two ventilation shafts on my property — iron pipes so long that if you banged on them with a rock or hammer it took a couple seconds for the echo to get back to you.

Are you still in the area?

Exile
Exile
Member
Reply to  Vizzini
5 months ago

SoCal for now, probably moving to one of the hinterlander areas of the West soon, as least for a “home base.”

As things presently stand, I’m looking to be a traveler and writer in Our Thing for the near-mid future. My day job allows for maximum mobility & I’m dox-resistant.

I still get back to SE OH on occasion – my family’s split between Cocoa-lumbus and the SE hills.

ExNativeSon
ExNativeSon
Reply to  Exile
5 months ago

Exile: CA trapped for me also at present. I am currently on a trip to the South to visit former friends who are deplorables but I think my future outpost will be in the Rockies.

I have lived very close to where you were in SE Ohio. Our football team actually played 2 Ohio schools because we were so close to the border.

I have not been back there in a long time. When I lived there the boys were very tough and hard. I fear that now opioids have probably taken a big toll.

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  ExNativeSon
5 months ago

You guys should definitely take a serious look at the Bitterroot 😉

Samladams
Samladams
5 months ago

“We’ll take the ni**gers and the chinks…but we don’t want the Irish”…Mel Brooks was a genius. A good read is the “Autobiography of Mother Jones”—one of those Irish born labor agitators. Read it along with several other good books in a class on American labor history. The rest are in storage in the attic, may try to get ambitious and dig them out. It is a worthwhile area of study—and the podcast was spot on, though a lot of ground to cover in an hour. Like the 20s, and understudied and oft caricatured corner of history.

Mike_C
Mike_C
Reply to  Samladams
5 months ago

Two spaces? What in the world is a “ni**ger”? New terminology or Jeopardy fail? Speaking of Jeopardy fails:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkfFyELXdoM
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Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Mike_C
5 months ago

In a divorce court, the judge told the husband “I can’t grant you a divorce just because your wife is black.” To which the husband replied, “I didn’t say she was black, I said she was a nagger.”

SamlAdams
SamlAdams
Reply to  Mike_C
5 months ago

“Filter friendly” is an unfortunate habit of modern times….and pinged out that comment whilst on the plane back from a place where a mean Tweet will land you at minimum a “helpful visit” from the local constable or perhaps jail. I was really on my best behavior the entire week.

Member
5 months ago

This was a great show today. I grew up with mixed feelings about the unions. My dad belonged to a union, but that union totally screwed him and stole a big part of his pension. The union did get my dad a fairly decent wage, though, and until I was a tween, my mom could stay home with the 4 kids. Today, the only unions that are still around and still fairly powerful are the gov unions like teachers, cops and firefighters (and federal government) and of course can be pretty bad and pretty ugly. But my parents were also… Read more »

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

Tars – The Dems backed the Blacks in Philly? Was that after the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Interesting.

Member
Reply to  Ris_Eruwaedhiel
5 months ago

Yeah, big time. Not sure when it started though. By about 1980 it was complete and Philly elected its first black mayor. He was also the first guy to bomb a residential neighborhood from a helicopter, coincidentally (or not). Somewhat recently, the mayor proclaimed “the brothers and sisters are running this city,” I concur, especially the grift.
They tax everything you can drink except Milk and steal it all. They made it illegal for stores to use plexiglass because it interferes with black’s self-esteem. Stealing is more or less decriminalized.

Samladams
Samladams
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

Lived there at the end of that idiot’s regime. Lived in a pretty gentrified neighborhood in the city that was convenient to work and Boathouse Row. Crack epidemic got hold and things turned to a complete shit show.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

It may have been Z who pointed out that after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Dems kicked Southern Whites to the curb in favor of Blacks. They obviously did the same in Philadelphia.

I read about how plexiglass windows hurt the self-esteem of Black patrons and was racist. So, the law did pass, after all? Increasingly, Blacks are given get-out-of-jail free cards because law and order is racist.

james wilson
james wilson
Member
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

Although not everywhere, the fireboys have an amazing grift going, and 9-11 was a booster shot. Maybe a show on the taxpayer rape circus? So many entertaining acts to see.

Samladams
Samladams
Reply to  james wilson
5 months ago

In states like New York the scheme is very simple. Pension bases off last few years average compensation and in most places has no overtime cap. Worked in a small combination department and could always tell which of the paid guys was going to retire based on who got all the overtime thrown to them. Plus with 24s, had enough free time to run a side business. Now granted, in the old pre-SCBA days, guys in active departments like the FDNY often didn’t live long enough to collect much of their pension.

Sandmich
Sandmich
Reply to  Tars_Tarkusz
5 months ago

Pensions, in hindsight, may not be that great of an idea. All that money has to go somewhere.

ExNativeSon
ExNativeSon
5 months ago

Z Excellent and much needed topic to discuss because it intersects with so many areas. In my experience as a former liberal the R position on unions drove many working class whites to the D party for a life time. And actually today I don’t see any daylight between either parties on the issue of private sector unions. Public unions are a different animal. With the average pay gap between CEO and median worker being over 205 to 1 with a number of companies having a gap of over 1,000 to 1 all the big donors love mass immigration because… Read more »

Whitney
Member
5 months ago

I’m falling behind. I just finished last week’s podcast. Which at the end, kind of hilariously, you predicted nothing would happen in the Middle East. To be fair that took us all by surprise

DFCtomm
Member
5 months ago

there is only one lesson to be learned from the fall of unions. When the violence stopped, the unions failed. They were only successful because they were willing to shutdown that industry with violence. That was the only thing that the establishment respected.

Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Ris_Eruwaedhiel
Reply to  DFCtomm
5 months ago

The Cloud People we currently endure are a bigger bunch of wusses than the ones of a century ago.

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  DFCtomm
5 months ago

Might I recommend the “Peaky Blinders” miniseries? An interesting work on family, heritage and roots, communities, violence, graft, power, unions, wealth and poverty. And see if you can figure out the only one that has no real roots, no loyalty to anyone, will lie strictly for money, not honor or revenge, and ultimately has no friends or family, only enemies that hate him. The people doing that show are hiding a big message in plain sight.

ExNativeSon
ExNativeSon
Reply to  Dutch
5 months ago

Dutch; I love Peaky Blinders” for a number of reasons. I had never thought of the taboo topic in plain sight.

I love watching movies about England that have actual English people in them. Having lived in England it makes me ache to see what has become of it.

Sandmich
Sandmich
Reply to  DFCtomm
5 months ago

The other lesson though was in regards to the abuse of the rail car company: all the normies of the day couldn’t be bothered to boycott the trains too.

abprosper
abprosper
5 months ago

We can’t really bring back the halcyon days of good private sector union jobs. We paid a huge price to get it and worse the years didn’t last that long (roughly F.D.R. to maybe Carter) .Its not sustainable under any situation in which “capital” pardon the use of that term has any political power The private sector union got gutted by the labor surplus, the entry of women in some trades, global trade and automation for the rest. Demand for labor won’t be back for decades if ever and demand for well paid labor, never. This is even with closed… Read more »

Rcocean
Rcocean
5 months ago

Comparing 19th Century Immigrants to Slaves is a bit much. And that’s especially true of the Irish. Nobody asked you to come to the USA, buddy. And every Irishman was free to leave anytime he wished and go back home. Not only that but the Irish could speak English and the Germans, Italians, Poles, etc. couldn’t. But who CONSTANTLY whines about being discriminated? Oh, its the Irish. BTW, most of the coal miners in Pennsylvania were Welsh and poor whites from Appalachia. But that applies to all the immigrants. I remember reading “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair and thinking, y’know… Read more »

Major Hoople
Major Hoople
Member
Reply to  Rcocean
5 months ago

Tell us about the libertarian paradise you live in. I’m really quite fascinated.

Rcocean
Rcocean
Reply to  Major Hoople
5 months ago

I’m talking about History. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  Rcocean
5 months ago

“The Jungle” is an excellent book. I think it is still relevant today and as you said, if America is so bad, why don’t these people who hate it just leave. I understand Barbra Streisand, and Whoopi Goldberg still haven’t moved to Canada so does it mean they’ve accepted Trump as their president after all?

Member
Reply to  Rcocean
5 months ago

The Irish whine about being discriminated against? In what fantasy are you living in. Having pride and a sense of identity is not whining.

Rcocean
Rcocean
Reply to  RotorSagas
5 months ago

So You agree the Irish have always been white, and have never talked about “No Irishmen need to apply signs”. Got it.

Vegetius
Vegetius
5 months ago

Press F for Neil Peart

Major Hoople
Major Hoople
Member
5 months ago

I think the attitude toward unions and markets is one of the clear dividing lines between Civnats/Conservative Inc. and the dissident right.

Also interesting is that white working class of that era was easily divided along ethnic lines. Those lines don’t exist so much today, and a consciously white party wouldn’t be so easily divided. Which is why I wonder if an entryism approach to the Republican Party might not be useful. Operating under a “trad American” label, so to speak. Ok, just noodling.

Member
5 months ago

Irish Secret Societies was a great thing to learn about listening to your podcast. We will need to resort to such measures of unity. The similarities of our time to a pre-war period was interesting to think of as well. The unknown factor is the societal shift and the difference of a technological economy vs an industrial and service one. By that I mean manufactured indifference/propaganda from technology about European identity or value paired with the increased surveillance of an all encompassing internet world. I think the biggest question our movement or aligned interests face is what to do besides… Read more »

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  RotorSagas
5 months ago

I’m glad new people are showing up here and that is why about every post I bring up the need to be building Communities of dissidents…I know it gets old to the old-timers here but a lot of young guys are just now finding out about what the dissident right is all about so I still see a need of advocating for us to be doing that…

Screwtape
Screwtape
Reply to  Lineman
5 months ago

Never gets old, Lineman. How long have they been running “diversity is our strength” on a loop? The mantras of our people need to ring out across the land. Beacons for awakened ears, antidotes to the mind poison raining down from the cloud. We have two generations of lost boys on our heels that will need beacons to steel them against slippage and despair as they awaken. Our elders may be suffering from broken communities and cultural decay, but at least most of them were able to form a family. Family formation is a community function. Too many of the… Read more »

Exile
Exile
Member
5 months ago

One of Z’s best persistent themes shines throughout this pod – the legacy of past dissident movements is a must-read for Us. We’re currently deconstructing the fake history and tainted mythos of Second Founding America. Revolutions that only deconstruct eventually face the negative identity problem. We have to construct a new mythos with new heroes, new “journeys” and struggles. We have to reinterpret history, informed by our perspectives. Our Guys fall prey to black-pilling in part because we fail to understand that these kinds of struggles have in fact been won against long odds in the past. Our heroes have… Read more »

sirlancelot
sirlancelot
5 months ago

Hoffer was successful because the membership liked him. Unfortunately he needed muscle to fight big business and enlisted the mafia for that help. Of course the mafia wanted to take over the union. Hoffa protested and they killed him. The unions remained successful because the mafia was good at what they did. The government came riding to the rescue with RICO to help out their big business buddies and taking out their competition was an added bonus 🙂 The fear still remains with government / big business. That’s why we have disarmament and deconstruction of the constitution. Violence is very… Read more »

c.leric
c.leric
5 months ago

having meandered from left populism, Catholic right, libertarianism, Catholic left-liberalism, and back into dissident Catholic trad and (eth)nationalist thinking… been all over the place really. and save the typical teenage phase you get after reading Ayn Rand a little, guess one could say me and most people my early millennial age have come to value labor and union. specially since even the “professional” classes under the managers have become screwed, by “office space” style bosses; as we have entered the spent job marketplace with the college debt on our backs, and our stupidified lifestyles, we are stuck between trying to… Read more »

ChrisZ
ChrisZ
5 months ago

Sorry to get into this thread so late, but I had to say this was a great topic, Z-man. The approach was ingenious: you have a good eye for drawing parallels from history to our present predicament. You made a comment early in the podcast that resonated with me: That the transition period in the late 19th-early 20th centuries was largely overlooked in your schooling. I had the same experience. I eventually concluded that our generation’s view of history and historical forces were dominated (and distorted) by the World War II-Cold War perspective, which divided everything into a bilateral, us-against-them… Read more »

ChrisZ
ChrisZ
5 months ago

My introduction to the Molly Maguires came via the Sherlock Holmes novel, “The Valley of Fear.” About half the novel is occupied by a thinly-disguised account of the group (re-christened “The Scowrers”) and their betrayal by an undercover Pinkerton detective. Conan Doyle does a great job of portraying the menace beneath the surface of a Pennsylvania coal-mining town. The union boss is a monster, and the Pinkerton man the hero, but the Irish miners and their cause are dealt with sympathetically. The author may have accepted a knighthood from a British monarch, but in some ways he was just another… Read more »