This is a long article that I’ll bookmark with this comment, but it occurs to me: what if GM had followed the approach of GE back in the 1950’s and engaged Ronald Reagan to be company spokesman and take up the challenging to the unions?
Reagan was just a role-player in that battle, but he ultimately became the spokesperson who helped get things done. And as a result, GE managed their unions very well with rarely a strike and usually successful reasonable contracts. Now I know the UAW is different and they would play the Big 3 against one another, but I wonder if history would have come out different...
It’s sort of amazing when you think about it: two of the biggest scourges of American life (communism and the union movement) were defeated over the course of our lifetimes by the same guy, the great Ronald Wilson Reagan.
A great and affable man like RWR could never be the answer now after the communists have taken over the nation.
A benevolent despot is now required in the mold of, say, a Francisco Franco, Albert Fujimori or an Augusto Pinochet.