Fast Food Nation: Cogs in the Great Machine After reading, the meatpacking industry astonishes me in several ways. Iowa Beef Packers (IBP) is one of the biggest meatpacking industries in the United States and in my opinion, cruel to their animals. Meatpacking industries are competitive and personally believe that the industries are mostly concerned with the money. The old Chicago slaughterhouses were usually brick buildings, four or five stories high. Cattle were herded up wooden ramps to the top floor, where they were struck on the head with a sledgehammer, slaughtered, and then disassembled by skilled workers.
In the era following the Civil War, Industrialization had many leaders. These leaders achieved the great growth of the economy and industry of the United Sates, leading the United States to become the leading industrial power in the world. Many historians question how honest these men were with their actions, we critique them because of the way they distributed their fortunes. It is true; many of these industrial leaders did cause harm socially, creating barriers and many competitions nationwide. They are called “industrial statesmen” for the great economic power they helped America become.
Timothy T. Riley SOC-100 October, 20, 2013 David Claerbaut Globalization: A Closer Look In today’s economy multinational corporations are outsourcing at an astounding rate. These conglomerates are making their mark through dominating the business arena through globalization and world trade. Companies like Ford motor company, General Motors, and Wal-Mart just to name a few are considered to be the major power players in the industry. Multinational companies are considered a threat to national independence to secure satisfactory working environments. The world’s fortune 500 companies controlled an astounding 70% of the trade market, and 80% of foreign investment, and 30% of the (GDP), gross domestic product.
Due to the fact that America exists today as a corporate owned and run nation, something that Robocop predicted twenty-three years ago. Cultural: It was obvious that Robocop had a lot to say about Ronald Reagan’s America. Detroit within the movie is a vision of a not so ridiculous city where crime has run rampant. A city that has been consumed by decay and greed. Unfortunately Detroit is the perfect setting for such a vision.
These early ideas made it possible for the different views of the rich and working class to have their own set representation as needed when capitalism, or free market enterprise, and common wealth made its way into American economy. Free market enterprise was a way for the artisans, or skilled workers, to make money by producing and selling their products. As technology advanced and more inventions were being created there also came better, cheaper, and faster ways of producing mass amounts of the same products. Factories and new means of transportation made it possible for industrialization to make a rise and excel American economy. While business was great for the owners of these companies and those who could afford better living it was a completely different story for the factory workers and artisans.
No Title In the article “Just Say No” by Bill O’Reilly, he writes about the bailout, or loan, that the major American motor companies Ford, GM, and Chrysler are requesting. He discusses the problem and states that the Federal government should not bail out the auto industry until the unions work out a deal that will benefit the companies, unions, and the American economy. He covers the economy and how it has suffered over the decades because of the business-people being irresponsible and running these large companies poorly, not just the auto industry. From the beginning to the end of the essay, one can tell that Mr. O’Reilly is against the bailout. He starts off reminding the reader about Nancy Reagan, the former first lady, and how she rose up against drug abuse in the late 80’s with the term “Just Say No”.
Rob Johnson, IMF executive director said, "Telling the whole story about unionization is important and if more companies put as much effort into working with unions in a proactive way rather than spending millions on preventing unionization the results would be evident." (Fortune, 2012, p. 1). As part of the Automaker's union, Ford Motors family has grown extensively in the last several decades. The employees at Ford, as unionized workers with the UAW, successfully have developed Ford into one of the largest manufacturers in the United States. Fords benefits from unionization because the union contracts can be negotiated and any work issues can be resolved, such as workplace safety, wages, and benefits.
This means the job losses started with the auto workers, then the part suppliers, part makers, and then the local businesses which grew up around the auto factories. On top of all this going on in Michigan the country started hemorrhaging jobs everywhere, banks collapsed, the housing industry, and the auto industry and then it affected the small business owners. When I was doing the research for this essay I cried and cried. Story after story was heartbreaking. Then I got angry at the government (state and federal), and our Governor in this great state of Michigan.
Mass production along with advancements in technology proved to be greatly Ford’s advantage; this strategy gave Ford the ability to make automobiles in large quantities and make them affordable to many. Ford did not view the production of his automobiles as a luxury item that would be off limits or unaffordable to many he envision for the company Ford to be an affordable item that many could enjoy. This was done easily through mass production and allowed Ford to grow into a large and profitable company. The success of Ford Motor Company was because its’ strategy encompassed a new way of manufacturing called mass production, advancements in technology, the supply chain and most of all changes in lifestyle. By the 1920’s Ford had 50% market share and
Over the course of the last few decades globalization has turned the world into an integrated economy instead of what it has been for most of its history, a series of relatively isolated economies. The more trading that takes place, the more wealth is created, and global trade across international frontiers has created more wealth than ever before in human history, and had helped lift more people out of poverty than ever before. Because of globalization, democracy has become an international norm. With the ‘international norm’, democracy brings values that are very important for the welfare of the people and the economy. In poorer countries, globalization brings the chance to sell their relatively low cost labor onto world markets.