We must be careful about how we accomplish our mobilization.

The large corporations gained considerable power as a result of the WW2 mobilization. The following book is an important reference for how we approach this. Kolko, Gabriel. After Socialism: Reconstructing Critical Social Thought (see p. 101). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.


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  • commented 2016-09-14 18:38:06 -0400
    A quote from Kolko:
    In the United States, men recruited from the giant firms dominated all sectors of the war-mobilization structure; when the War Production Board (WPB) was created in January 1942, some 1000 of its key executives were paid by their employers rather than by the government. Two-thirds of the $175 billion in prime contracts the WPB issued over four years went to 100 corporations, and only ten of these received 30 percent of the total. And, of course, half of the $26 billion in new plant – a sum equal to two-thirds of the cost of all manufacturing facilities built before 1939 – were operated by 25 corporations; over three-quarters of this new capacity was usable after the war ended, and 250 corporations acquired over two-thirds of it at bargain “war surplus” rates.

    Kolko, Gabriel. After Socialism: Reconstructing Critical Social Thought (p. 101). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.
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