UAW convention

eae01 at eae01 at
Wed Jul 8 09:46:00 PDT 1998

Don't overestimate yourself. I think Doug was referring to the incoherence of your note, not its content, whatever that might have been. I dare say he spoke for many of us. Your follow up is almost as befuddling, but your point is on the verge of coming through. You seem to have valid things to say, but yu need to put more care into your writing. Edwin

----------------------------Original message---------------------------- Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 08:57:27 -0700 (PDT) To: lbo-talk at, lbo-talk at From: Michael Eisenscher <meisenscher at> Subject: Re: UAW convention Sender: owner-lbo-talk at Precedence: bulk Reply-To: lbo-talk at


Perhaps my effort at sarcasm eluded you, or you took reference to LBO as somehow critical. Let me put it bluntly. The article you quoted reflects a kind of uncritical and vacuous reportage that passes for analysis that is fairly common in the pages of the PWW when it comes to the subject of labor or unions (especially union leaders). I merely suggested how a parallel treatment of political coverage might appear to make that point. I pointed, by contrast, to the value I DO place on what appears in the pages of LBO. Is that now clear? If not, then maybe I should just keep my hands in my pockets the next time I am tempted to respond too "creatively."


At 11:09 AM 7/8/98 -0400, Doug Henwood wrote:
>Michael Eisenscher wrote:
>>["....The American electorate seemed puzzled why a system deemed to be
>>superior to any other in the world would continue to produce such blatant
>>corruption, inequality, scandal, malfeasance, racism, sexism, consumer debt,
>>homelessness....but they indicated their general confidence in the direction
>>the country was taking by reelecting Bill Clinton, the leadership of
>>Congress, and virtually any other incumbent whose palms had been properly
>>greased and who had provided value in return during their previous
>>term...."] Now there's incisive, critical journalism at its best,
>>reflecting a deep understanding of how labor institutions operate, how union
>>leadership perpetuates its reign, and how democracy works on the floor of
>>the UAW convention! With reportage like this, who needs the Wall St.
>>Journal? Well, at least I still have my subscription to LBO!
>Do you have a point here?

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