Tuesday, June 23, 2009

In Dubious Battle

I am convinced I made a previous post about 'In Dubious Battle' but I can't find it. You can always tell a good book when you pick it up after 4 months and in one page it blows you away!

The basic story is this guy joins up with the communists in depression era USA and goes traveling with migrant workers to start up strikes. They come across a group of men and the leaders daughter is about to give birth. They step in and the traveling companion pretends to be a doctor. The baby is born and he asks his friend - I didn't know you had a medical background, I don't he said but it was a risk worth taking and I got everybody working together. Leaders have to have a method - a way of making people see that everyone is different, everyone wants to make individual gain but if people work together, they can achieve more than what they would achieve if they did it on their own.

It may be a little bit out of fashion but it is good to see that fiction can still grasp the essence of a political or philosophical theory in one page that we might struggle to grasp otherwise.

1 comment:

Igneos said...

"Jim asked: 'How did it happen? You didn't say much, but they started working like a clock and they liked it. They worked fine.'
'Sure they liked it. Men always like to work together. Do you know that ten men can lift nearly twelve times as big a load as one man can? It only takes a little spark to get them going. Most of the time they're suspicious because every time someone gets 'em working in a group the profit of their work is taken away from them; but wait till they get working for themselves. Tonight the work concerned them, it was their job; and see how well they did it.'"