by Morley Evans
Here is a quote from the latest issue of CounterPunch.
When Douglas MacArthur was placed in charge of “reconstructing” Japan after World War II, he insisted that the Japanese establish labor unions (which they never had), fearing that, without them, management would become too powerful. It’s worth mentioning that General MacArthur was no “We shall overcome” liberal. He was a rightwing Republican.
General Douglas MacArthur was not the man whose memory and image have been highjacked by Washington's warmongers.
I don't know which party Admiral Rickover supported. He was a Jew so he probably was a Democrat. His power base was Congress and the President, not the Navy. One of Rickover's most powerful supporters was Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, (D) Washington. Rickover's career took off when Harry Truman was the President and it lasted until Ronald Reagan, so Rickover's career spanned the presidencies of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan. He had friends on both sides of the isle.
Yesterday, I posted The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit on my blog. Copyright laws will surely force it to be removed from YouTube but you can watch it until they take it down here:
The business tycoon character played by Frederick March tells the character played by Gregory Peck that there are two kinds of men: There are the nine to five men who have families and there are the men who sacrifice everything to build great companies. March regrets he was the latter kind who short-changed his family. But he says we need both types of men.
People need leaders. They need people who can and will build big things. Those people need other people to do the job. They cannot do it themselves. Everyone is needed.
Most importantly, The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit tells us we need decent people. Decency is the most important thing. I can't stress that enough. We need to stress that more than anything. By the way, Adam Smith was a moral philosopher not an "economist." His main insight was that we are rewarded when we do the decent thing.