In Reply to: Roger and Me posted by Martha Young on November 27, 2000 at 15:30:38:
I agree with you that it is a difficult situation to pinpoint exactly which economic system exsists in Flint. As people cocerned with the well being of others, we naturally want to give all support to the workers. However, though Roger Smith appears to be a feudal lord in the sense that he essentually launched the down fall of Flint, the workers in no way were part of a feudal system. Roger was definitly a capitalist, more concerned with the profit he made than the lives of his workers, but that does not make him a feudal lord. Indeed as you said, there was no bondage contract, and there was also no previous debt for the workers going into their jobs at GM. The company did not control housing, food, or have a company store. The people of Flint only knew how to work in the mill, and for the most part, GM was the only job they knew how to do. Though it may have the semblance of a feudal system becuase there was little else for the citizens of Flint to do, they did have control over where they worked. Infact, many workers were sad to lose their jobs, not just becuase of the lack of money, but also because they enjoyed working at GM. I don't believe that any workers in a feudal system enjoyed their work.
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