Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Profit versus Control

This quote, from the Carl Rogers Reader, is crucial

He told me that while the experimental plants continue to do extremely well, and he feels pride in the work he has done with them, he regards his work with the corporation as a failure. The top management, though appreciative of the increased profits and good morale of the experimental plants, has not moved to follow this model in their other plants, even though it appears evident that overall profits would be increased.
“Why not?” I inquired.
His answer was most thought-provoking: “When managers from other plants look closely at what we are doing, they gradually realize how much of their power they would have to give away, to share with their employees. And they are not willing to give up that power.” When I stated that it appeared that power over people was even more important than profits- which are supposed to be the all-important goal in industry- he agreed.
Carl Rogers and H. Jerome Freiberg
Freedom to Learn 3rd Edition page 372

See also: David F. Noble’s work on automation and the subsidy this received from the US Air Force, in his America by Design.

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