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May 24, 2005

William Z Foster and Organization

The blog New Cities/New Soviets has an interesting post on Organization and the writings of William Z Foster.

Here is a quote excerpt from the blog post that I found interesting:

"In his writings of this period, Foster tied together the themes of organization, power, and manhood. Among craft workers threatened by the divisive forces of technological change in the early twentieth century, a manly bearing on the job entailed maintaining a dignified pose toward the boss or foreman, and required that workers respect shop-floor traditions of mutual respect and solidarity. foster clearly sought to evoke such traditions when he wrote that unorganized workers were neglecting their duties to their families: workers outside the union constituted a 'miserable picture of incompetence and cowardice' and 'the sufferings of their women and children awaken no echo of revolt in their dull hearts."
  - Forging American Communism, The Life of William Z. Foster by Edward P. Johanningsmeier

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