The Jazz Age was a phrase Fitzgerald coined that became a popular label for the
1920s. But back then, ‘the lost generation’ was a quite different
phrase being used to describe the disillusionment that set in following the
Great War. I don’t know which phrase was most in vogue back then but you
couldn’t ask for a starker contrast.
There is evidence that technoligical advancements created a larger and wealthier
middle class. A backhoe operator digs a ditch more efficiently than a man with a
shovel, and is worth more money. Ironically, Unions have and still do fight
these improvements. They would rather have 20 men with shovels paying union
dues than 1 backhoe operator.
Technically I am in the middle class. I am much worse off than I was 10, 15 or
20 years ago. I drive lousier cars, my buying power is worse, my savings is
negligible. My wages have been stagnant and job benefits lessened. I
don't think I'm alone. I'm hopeful things will get better...
The Great Gatsby is a work of fiction. You may as well tear apart the historical
accuracy of Batman.
Tyler, anyone who has studied history knows that virtually ALL those gains came
about as a result of unionization of workers.Which is exactly why
the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and other conservative front groups are doing their
best to kill unions today. They are drooling at the chance to return to the
days of Gatsby.
Interesting article, although a question kept nagging me throughout – did
worker benefits like safe conditions and even Saturday’s off all come
about because of productivity gains or did union pressure have something to do