Romney et le mythe du Self-Made Man

Mis en ligne le 22 octobre 2012 par Patrick Turmel et classé sous Illusion capitaliste, Transmission culturelle cumulative

Montée de lait de Robert Paul Wolff contre le mythe du Self-Made Man, que ne cesse d’utiliser le clan Romney.

« It cannot be repeated too often that no one, absolutely no one, is self-made in any plausible sense of that expression. For the past million years or more, pre-hominids, hominids, and humans have been coming into a world they did not make and relying for life itself on the accumulated knowledge and material culture produced by their predecessors. No one, not a cobbler, not a farmer, not a hunter-gatherer, and certainly not a business tycoon, makes himself or herself [although this does seem to be a peculiarly male fantasy.] »

Et à propos de ce que nous avons appelé dans La juste part l’illusion capitaliste:

« The thirty-five year project to destroy those protections is well under way, and should Romney be elected, they will be further destroyed. The benighted and bigoted working class and middle class voters who cast their votes for Romney will suffer from this destruction, and they are simply too stupid to realize that simple fact. I realize that sophisticated social theorists like myself are supposed to offer profound and subtle explanations for systematic acts of self-destruction, but sometimes, when I grow weary of the game, I cannot resists calling it stupidity when I see it. »

Tel que vu à la télévision

Pour ceux qui auraient eu la malchance ultime de manquer le passage de David Robichaud à l’émission Les publications universitaires animée par Guillaume Lamy et diffusée au Canal savoir, cessez de vous en vouloir, et visitez le site de l’émission où l’entrevue est disponible. Un condensé de Juste part juste pour vous!

Barack et La juste part!

Pour ceux qui l’auraient manqué, voici le fameux passage du discours d’Obama où il présente, encore plus rapidement que nous dans le bouquin, la thèse de La juste part! Les réactions à sa thèse ont été beaucoup plus nombreuses… mais beaucoup moins favorables! Go Barack!

« Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own, » he said. « You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

« If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges.

« If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that, » he continued. « Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. »

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Henry Ford, défenseur de La juste part avant l’heure

Mis en ligne le 20 août 2012 par David Robichaud et classé sous Citations, Innovation et créativité, Transmission culturelle cumulative

“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work….Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.” – Henry Ford