According to KIRO 7, Boeing is threatening to take jobs to other states after machinists rejected an offer guaranteeing jobs building the new 777X airliner for eight years. In exchange, new workers would have had to give up guaranteed pensions.
If Boeing honors its threat, Seattle’s soon to be first Socialist city councilmember has a solution you might expect from someone like her: steal Boeing’s property.
As noted in the report, city councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant told a crowd of union supporters, “The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine.” She also stated that, if Boeing does indeed move out, it will be an act of “economic terrorism” because it would devastate the state’s economy.
Here’s the brilliant idea.
Great political strategy: No new airplanes in the fleet for you! But you’re just a cog, and what’s a few million dead citizens among friends and for the greater good, anyway? I’m getting bored of fewer and fewer airline disasters and mass murdering regimes. How about you?
I have to admit that I actually love this sort of news, and it’s not by any means because Rand was prophetic, or anything. She merely connected logical dots. I loath Shiite Objectivists. I also greatly appreciate Rand’s contribution. I know. There’s no middle ground—you’re for us or against us; pick sides. Thanks, but no. I’ll struggle to muddle on in life, deluded in the fantasy that it’s possible to read a great work of literature and take it for was and move on.
I kinda got early on that her characters in AS were intended to be archetypes. That was the point and to me, the brilliant part of the book; because if you read We the Living or The Fountainhead, the former had full character development with all the good & bad, strength and weakness, and the latter prefigures AS…but not exactly, because Howard Roark is no John Galt, even remotely.
On the other hand, if anyone ever tells you they’ve read AS more than once? Run away.
Anyway, I love this sort of news because it gives me hope that humanity might actually make it. No better way to cure idiocy than put it in a headline.