"...One abandoned idea documented in his (Nelson Lichtenstein) most recent book, “A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor,” haunts me. Powerful people in the Democratic Party, like Senator Robert Wagner of New York, used to insist that the job of liberalism was to penetrate the “black box” of the corporation and turn the workplace into a more democratic institution..."
Bertolt Brecht (1896-1956), 1935:
"Questions From a Worker Who Reads
In the books you will read the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock ?
Who raised it up so many times ?
Where, the evening that the Great Wall of China was finished, did the masons go?
Who erected them ?
Had Byzantium, much praised in song, only palaces for its inhabitants ?
The drowning still cried out for their slaves.
Was he alone ?
Did he not even have a cook with him ?
Was he the only one to weep ?
Who else won it ?
Who cooked the feast for the victors ?
Who paid the bill ?
I love this cartoon but on second thoughts I would modify its caption thus:
"Your people will remember you for not sacrificing thousands of them by not building a pyramid."