Workers and Taylor’s ‘Scientific Management’


"You’re a very good worker," said the efficiency expert as he watched a carpenter plane a piece of wood.  "Now if we can just stick a buffer on your elbow you could plane and buff the wood with the same motion."

"Yeah," the carpenter responded, "and if you’d stick a broomstick up your ass you could take your notes and sweep the floor at the same time."

– Mitchell Cohen, Big Science, the Fragmenting of Work, and the Left’s Curious Notion of Progress, as cited in Clifford Conner’s A People’s History of Science.

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