A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of by Tim Parks

By Tim Parks

Is Italy a united kingdom, or a free association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a game, or an ill-disguised protraction of historical enmities?

Tim Parks is going at the street to keep on with the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a distinct form of stopover at to a couple of the world's most pretty towns. it is a hugely own account of 1 man's dating with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide game. A publication that mixes the pleasures of commute writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad approach of preserving itself entertained.

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Even though Gramsci was writing some 15 years after Ford’s Five-dollar day, this new historical epoch, and the working-class struggle that would accompany it, still lay in the future. 13 The Making and Unmaking of Fordism 25 Fordism beyond Detroit As a technological paradigm based on one single product massproduced by a multitude of workers using single-purpose machines, Fordism had a brief life. ”14 Since the late 1920s, GM’s more flexible capacity to produce a wider choice of cars and an annual model change made it a leader in the expanding car market.

Overall, these measures were beneficial to the stability of the regime because they provided a social wage that expanded internal demand as the economy grew and, at the same time, either prevented unemployment or reduced the impact of unemployment on the business cycle. Thus, Fordism as a regime of accumulation—a macroeconomically coherent phase of capitalist development—rested on a complex, if precarious balance between different factors and social forces. The state had to take on institutional powers to influence redistribution; corporations had to constantly innovate to sustain a high level of productivity and had to be enlightened enough to accept, even if grudgingly, the system of redistribution; and organized labor had to cooperate by maintaining the discipline of the labor force, whose reliable performance was the most important component of the productivity effort.

The Making and Unmaking of Fordism 29 Not only Fordism, but capitalism itself as a paradigm of development also seemed to be in a crisis. In Detroit, the Depression revealed the inner contradiction of unfettered industrial growth at its worst. In 1929, the city’s car industry had produced 5,337,000 vehicles; by 1931, it was down to 1,332,000 units. What had once been the symbol of the city’s prosperity was now emblematic of its failure to cope with the crisis. 24 In 1932, unemployment had hit the city so hard that thousands flocked to the Communist-led “Ford Hunger March” from Detroit to Dearborn, where Ford’s headquarters and its flagship plant River Rouge were located.

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