Thursday, December 04, 2008


From the perspective of the industrial Great Lakes states, and the nation as a whole, the prospect of losing the three U.S. auto companies is an impending cataclysm.

This is a huge subject which ties into the theme of the literary rebellion, which began in 2000 with the creation of the Underground Literary Alliance, whose founders were from Detroit and related heartland areas.

Our theme from the start was the monopolistic dominance of New York in literature and the arts. We showed again and again in our writings and actions the immense power and wealth of Manhattan compared to the heartland; the chasm in standing and attitude.

We see with the financial mess-- SPAWNED ON WALL STREET yet destroying our nation's industry-- that the chasm has widened. Wall Street gets $700 billion and more with no strings and no questions. The already devastated heartland gets not a fraction of this.

A related story is whether ideological greens want to destroy the auto industry, and maybe all industry, which is why I've questioned the insane philosophy of the New York lit journal N+1.
(Here's the contrast in a nutshell: I'm the son of a Detroit autoworker and I've been an autoworker. As a literary promoter and writer I've been strictly Do-It-Yourself. I've received hardly a penny from anyone-- save the occasional free beer or ten-spot. The face of literary corruption on the other hand, Hiram F. Moody III-- recipient of unending promotion and taxpayer-subsidized largesse-- is the son of a powerful New York money center banker. Could the divide be greater?)
I invite New York media people and literary intellectuals to visit and tour Detroit, to see the enormous tragedy which has already happened here because of the folly of globalist economics.


Anonymous said...

Waaaaaiiit a second, lil dogie. Yuh tellin me that if that there auto industry was to retool its lines and start designin, an makin, an sellin cars as green as fragrant lemony soap it might ought notta be a good goldarn thang? I nigh on think it'd do a whole round a blazin world a good for th industry, for th cuntry, fer th world. Why, we'd sell the little tiny pants offa those japanese and korean automakers.

King Wenclas said...

Quite a fake accent--coming from an Ivy Leaguer: what else?
Of course it costs many billions of dollars to retool an industry.
When the gas price was down (as it is again now)there was little demand for the small "green" cars you mention.
Yes, the U.S. automakers should've had more foresight; could've been in the lead on hybrids, etc. Their side of it is that they couldn't make a profit on small cars-- until their latest labor contract, done in 2007, kicks in, which will bring down their legacy costs.
This is a very complex subject which I'd wager you know little to nothing about.
What I WOULD like to do sometime is debate the N+1'ers on the subject of the environment, on-line or off.
What will the environemtal cost be if the auto industry goes electric?
Won't this necessitate new power plants? What kind, in that both coal and nuclear are apparently out?
Aren't large batteries very toxic in themselves? Don't they consume a lot of resources to create, and are a hazard to dispose of?
I don't think a lot of thought has gone into any of these questions.
I see the appeal of wind power, for instance, but as far as the amount of acreage used, windmills are way more inefficient than old-fashioned drilling for oil. We ciould damage a couple square miles drilling at ANWAR or have many many thousands of huge, noisy windmills blotting the landscape throughout previously pristine areas. In order to generate enough electricity for electric cars (and the always rising Internet electricity use).
These are questions which should be asked.
Someone asked me who benefits from exaggerating the global warming theory?
N+1 itself posits that some will benefit politically, if the tyranny they suggest is necessary.
Many are poised to benefit financially.
I heard a guy on the radio, Marc Sussman from the Sussman Group, discussing how profitable green investments will be. He was using all kinds of scare tactics, including saying that Climate Change was "indisputable," (yeah, it is, if he means that things will warm up again, by June!). In his infomercial he shore sounded like one of them fast talkin' Ivy Leaguer-type con men, ya know what I mean, pardner?
(Remember Al Gore famously yelling about George W. Bush, "He played on our fears!"
It turns out there was more than one establishment con man running in the 2000 election.)

King Wenclas said...

p.s. My point with the post was that the NYC bankers and NYC literati are the same crowd-- ultimately, the same thieving people.

Anonymous said...

Waaaiiit a second, lil dogie.

Yuh seem mighty innarested in the health o the auto industry.

Might oughtn't you be a stockholder or some such? Seems like such strong support fer an industry, and only outta concern fer the lil people. Funny how that concern matches corp'rate concerns, don't it?

King Wenclas said...

Per usual, Harland, this is a completely ignorant statement.
See my Detroit blog for an answer.