What a Bunch of Chumps
When I read Marty's blog I get the impression of a pack
of rabble standing around the entrance of the factory they
were thrown out of. They are outside the fences and they
are barred from going back in. Despite the fact that the
factory was producing complete useless junk that nobody
was buying any more, these former underpaid workers
continued to stand around and complain, wishing they
were still inside and that they were still in charge.
The owners of the factory have decided to remodel the
factory and install robots to do the assembly. The former
employees have absolutely no rights in the matter. All they
can do is stand around and whine about how unfair the
management was being. They commiserate about how
things used to be when people still wanted their product
and try and figure where things went wrong.
Their whining is twinged with guilt because they all knew
that at one time, when they were still members, they could
have stepped up and done something about the injustice. At
the time, they knew where all the “bodies were buried,” and
had they spoken up, legal action could have been taken.
Had they done something when the trouble began, they might
have saved their business. However, for whatever reasons,
be it expediency or threats of withheld benefits, they chose
to let the crimes continue.
Now, it was too late. Eventually they were fired of walked out
of their own accord. The fact that they escaped or were
kicked out, meant they had surrendered any right to call
themselves members of that organization. In the eyes of the law
they were “disgruntled former employees,” and they had no
rights at all.
So, now, all they do is stand around the entrance and complain.
When new people leave, they provide a group that those newly out
can join. They all stand outside chanting what a criminal the boss
is. They know if they complain loudly enough they may goad the
bosses to attack them, which would “prove” how bad the bosses
were, but barring that, the former workers are effectively impotent
against the big corporation,
That is Marty's blog.