BARBARA EHRENREICH ~ THE WHITE-COLLAR UNEMPLOYED ~ BAIT AND SWITCH ~ 2005

~ O-W-C-OG-D/L/T/CP-HDBACOS-AAS-FT-T-PS-UITETW-W-P-TEOSBTTO-BUBT-FOL-SOATFPAB-U-TDTA-AAA-E ~ Other – White-Collar – Occupational Groups – Doctors / Lawyers / Teachers / College Professors – Have Done Better At Carving Out Some – Autonomy And Security – For Themselves – Their – Principle Strategy – Undertaken In The Early Twentieth Century – Was – Professionalization – The Erection Of Steep Barriers To The Occupation – Backed Up By The – Force Of Law – Some Occupations Added The Further Protection Afforded By – Unions – To Defend Themselves Against – Arbitrary And Autocratic – Employers

~ TFO-W-CW-T-BT-A-D-TJ-A-TPA-IUATT-I-O-TA-UFIT-MC-OOC ~ The Failure Of – White-Collar Corporate Workers – To – Band Together – And – Defend – Their Jobs – And – Their Professional Autonomy – Is Usually Attributed To Their – Individualism – Or – To An – Unwarranted Faith In The – Meritocratic Claims – Of Our Culture

~WSTW-CWA-A-LTSV-I-TRTTI-AAU-W-TE ~ What Sets The White-Collar Workers Apart – And – Leaves Them So Vulnerable – Is – The Requirement That They Identify – Absolutely And Unreservedly – With – Their Employers

~ TW-CF-IETE-TF-TTCOOT-‘C-S’ ~ The – White-Collar Functionary – Is Expected To Express – Total Fealty – To The Current Occupants Of The – “C-Suites”

~ TCEOMBAF;TCBMBBC-A-SYARTSUAWTSQ-U-ATLNOL-OW-CWS-TLINRR ~ The CEO May Be A Fool; The Company’s Behavior May Be Borderline Criminal – And – Still You Are Required To Serve Unstintingly And Without The Slightest Question – Unfortunately – As The Large Numbers Of Laid-Off White-Collar Workers Show – This Loyalty Is Not Reliably Reciprocated

~ NGIBS-O-P-BM-TL-TDOTMC-T-TU-ATTC-RTCI-A-BTAAA-PF ~ No Group Is Better Situated – Or – Perhaps – Better Motivated – To Lead – The Defense Of The Middle Class – Than – The Unemployed – Assuming That They Could – Recognize Their Common Interests – And – Begin To Act As A – Political Force

~ T-W-CU-TPW-‘PBTR’-DER-A-SEUIR ~ The – White-Collar Unemployed – The People Who – “Played By The Rules” – Did Everything Right – And – Still Ended Up In Ruin

~ C:TCTCTAWFC-EITFOOO ~ Courage: The Courage To Come Together And Work For Change – Even In The Face Of Overwhelming Odds

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