the shape of things to come.

Now that Chrysler is worker-owned and government-run, we can look forward to curbing capitalist profiteering and consumerist excess by building the cars Americans need (whether they know it or not.)

Maybe after 40 years of central planning and public ownership, Chrysler will be able come up with something comparable to the crown jewel of socialist automotive engineering: a true People’s Car, unencumbered by concessions to profitability, consumer interest, ecological impact, or ease of manufacture.*

trabant

I am now taking orders for t-shirts reading “The Government Gave Chrysler $5 Billion Of My Tax Money, And All I Got Was This Stinking Trabant”.

*The Trabant was hideously labor-intensive to manufacture, which was one of the reasons why they kept it around unchanged for over thirty years.  You see, it gave more people more work to do for a longer period of time than any two cars made by the capitalist Klassenfeind put together.  A labor union’s wet dream, really.

13 thoughts on “the shape of things to come.

  1. The very worst parts of workfare and Amtrak, together at last.

    By refusing to let these “too big to fail” industries go bankrupt and keeping the barrier to entry for new car companies high, Yes we can has planned economy!

    BTW, where is your quote from?

  2. So, let me see if I understand this.

    First, it was wrong to try and keep Chrysler afloat.

    Now it was wrong to have let Chrysler fail.

    Am I missing something, here?

    • Marko says:

      If they had just let Chrysler fail in the first place, we’d be at the same point in the road, only $5 billion of taxpayer money richer (or rather, not borrowed to begin with.)

      Now they failed, *and* they got to take a few trailer loads of public cash down the drain with them.

  3. Kristopher says:

    Comrade: What you are missing is that the loan money was put into UAW pension coffers, and then used as an excuse to give the Government and the UAW an unearned majority position in the company.

    And now that same government is handling the restructuring.

    You can bet that any creditor that doesn’t get totally screwed is paid by liquidating non-UAW and non-Government shares.

  4. Don says:

    There’s a video available of the Trabant workers doing the final fit of doors and hood. It’s a real hoot. Coming soon to a Chrysler plant near you.

    • T.Stahl says:

      I’ve seen Mercedes workers doing the final fit of doors and hood. It involved small logs of wood as a padding and a lot of slamming.
      Is the Trabant version any different?

  5. John Hardin says:

    One of the bigwigs in the UAW benefits fund (which is the recipient of the shares) said on NPR last night that they are going to have to turn around and immediately sell the shares on the open market because they need the money, not the stock.

  6. Bob says:

    As poorly as Crystler was run maybe the employees can run the company better.
    Oh ya, never mind,they’re going to sell it to the Fiat.

  7. Desertrat says:

    If Chisler wasn’t profitable before, what’s gonna make it profitable in the future? Are not the same fundamentals and problems still in place? And, if it’s not profitable in the future, “What next, O Fearless Leader?”

    Okay, yeah, a bunch of guys won’t get laid off from work, now. Er, uh, well, not until after the next election, most likely. Can’t you just hear the BS, “Hey, we saved your jobs! Vote for us!”

    Art

  8. Duffy Moon says:

    As a reluctant union member myself, I’m interested in how the contract negotiations are gonna look next time. I mean, first they’re going to have to flip a coin to figure out who’s labor and who’s managment. That should be fun.

    (If I own it, does that make me management? And how does that affect the rate at which I rivet? I need to sit down, think it over.)

    By the way, I’ve been reading your blog for some time now. I love how difficult it is to nail you down on a nice-n-tidy Socio-Political Grid.

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