When I was reading the IWW newspaper that Tony Roehrig & Mike Garcia--May 2011 issue of the IWW's newspaper Industrial Worker--gave to the class I found an article entitled Their Interests And Ours by Scott Nappalos that brought up an interesting point. Why do we need manangement in our businesses, colleges, and other forms of labor organization? Could we, as human beings, be rational enough to govern ourselves without the need of an outside overseer? This is the main question: Do we trust our fellow workers around us enough to not have any form of employee government? And if we do trust our fellow employee in their capability of self-government, then on what grounds--i.e. how can you verify that every employee has this benevolent capability?
In the article by Nappalos, he talks about how even health care professionals--nurses, doctors, etc.--are governed by a management body. He says the following about mangerical ideology: "Managerial organization is directed at solving the problem posed by workers unwilling and unable to conform to their engineered designs. At best, they offer us apologies for the health care system, but emphasize discipline, subservience and utilize heavy threats" ("Their Interests And Ours"). In the author's mind, Scott Nappalos, he is saying that the managerical system is set in place to keep workers in line with an organized form of doing things that the manager has created through rules, regulations, and other sorts of employee fences that they are not supposed to climb, but only respect. As Nappalos says, managers offer condolences, but at the same time they enforce strict discipline and expect the worker to follow their lead at all times.
What are we to think of the position of managers and managerical organizations? To define myself clearly here, when I speak of managerical organizations, I mean organizations that have a top down leadership format to their businesses--heirarchical organization. I'll ask once again is there a need for managers and managerical organizations, if their main duty is to make sure that we are following the rules of a corporation, etc.?
To ask this last question we must first ask ourselves if we don't need a managerical labor framework, then are we ourselves capable of governing ourselves? If we were left to roam free in the labor world, ungoverned, then could we have responsibility enough to avoid having the use for a managerical organization to oversee our actions toward other employees and the organization in general? On what grounds can we affirm this? It seems clear that the only way that we could show that all human beings are fit for self-government and responsibility, is to open their mind and see if we could check their, so to say, self-governability faculty. This is surely impossibly absurd to think possible.
We then have a ideological crossroad that we must face, and that is: Do we choose to have organizations without management bodies regulating them, or do we choose to have organizations built on the premise that the individual is rational enough to govern himself/herself? Which is more preferable to assume: 1) To assume that each individual is rational/responsible enough to govern their own employment conduct, or to assume that managerical bodies in organizations are necessary for a well ordered and profitable company? It appears that either route one chooses, there is an assumption to which one is bound. Maybe some people's belief that managerical bodies in our organizations are fundamentally necessary, shows an embedded distrust of 'the other' (person)--the same could be said about people who distrust organizations; maybe they don't trust organizations because they don't trust individuals running the organization. Surely not everyone dislikes their boss and the way he/she does business. Right? Maybe.
Either way it is apparent that depending one the system to which one adheres--to have managerical bodies or to have self-governing individuals, there is an assumption that one must be willing to make: individuals are capable of self-government or individuals are not capable of self-government and need managerical bodies to govern them.