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Mackenzie Andersen

manager, Andersen Studio

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Pride in one’s work matters to the individual and the society. Work brings life meaning- work is not just a means to an end.

Leslie T Chang is using an “end justifies the means argument”, which purportedly represents the voice and courage of the workers in the global factories but serves the corporate agenda well. Nothing she says is untrue as it is a general truth that people will make the best of whatever circumstances in which they find themselves. Chang’s argument at best works as a collective voice of a collective society and represents a sort of tyranny of the majority in which those that don’t fit the collective world view don’t really matter and as such they become the social outsiders who in this day and age are ripe candidates for the global terrorist movement.

I in this blog post, I pursue the denigration of the act of “making” in which I make the connection between the local ( in my case Maine, USA) and the global. This post is part of an ongoing series.


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    May 15 2013: Thanks for the tips Fritzie. I'll try to find those talks- Hopefully they are still active.

    Rhonda, as iI read the creative economy rhetoric lead, by Richard Florida,I have been following the thinking of the “creative economy” movement since it is dominate at Maine State Inc. I find that this ideology automatically measures the amount of skill in a job by the standard of pay- thus Richard Florida and followers assume that repairing motor cycles is low skilled labor compared to lets say the CEO of a big corporation- a conclusion based entirely on the rate of pay. In “creative class” ideology, there is an attempt to portray paid foreign labor as low skilled labor despite the fact that the Chinese test higher in the skills of math and reading and some other skills than Americans.

    In Maine the government advances the idea that the government is going to create highly skilled, highly paid high tech jobs for Mainers, -this as the government glamorizes a global approach to the economy. The only such jobs likely to remain in Maine are not in product manufacture but in developing prototypes to be manufactured in low wage labor markets- and so that tax-payer money which is being used to finance government “economic development” is really serving the investor’s agenda and not that of the people of Maine or the USA.

    One can’t insure global wages unless one believes in world government, which is just another word for totalitarianism- not a good thing.

    But one can become more acutely aware of the propaganda that is being used to advance the agenda of the global owners of the means of production and to try to refocus the narrative. That’s what I am trying to do with my blog, which focuses primarily on Maine legislation but what is going on in Maine resembles what is taking place elsewhere. The use of language being a big factor.
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      May 15 2013: Hi, MacKenzie. The talks all remain active. If you are new here, go to the link at the top of the page for Talks.

      On that page, toward the bottom left there is a red link that reads "all tags."

      If you click that, you will find tags you can click that display all the talks on that subject. So, for example, since you are thinking about "work", you can see we have maybe a couple of dozen talks on that subject. If you look at the tags for happiness or creativity or economics or psychology, you will find many more.
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        May 16 2013: Is there a way to add related conversations after the topic has been started?
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          May 16 2013: If you look up at the gray box in which your thread question is presented, you will see in the bottom left corner of it a red link that says Edit. If you click that, you can revise or add to your initial opener.

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