2010-05-27

Hire The Muleskinner!

Richard Mulligan does an excellent job portraying an arrogant General Custer in the movie Little Big Man. He's approached by the title character, who is looking for a job as a scout. Instead of simply hiring the man based on his qualifications, he has to play a little mind game, claiming that he can tell a man's profession. In this case, however, he's dead wrong. The Little Big Man had never worked as a muleskinner, and lets the General know it in a very lighthearted manner.

Unwilling to accept his own fallibility, the General digs his heels in and lets it be known rather subtly that Little Big Man is not going to be hired as a scout unless he backs down and (falsely) acknowledges having been a muleskinner, which he finally does. It is at this point that the General -- with an arrogant and smug look on his face -- finally relents and tells his Lieutenant: "Hire the muleskinner!".

And things are pretty much the same today. People are being forced to prostitute themselves, just for a wage slave job. At every turn, they're forced to concede that the boss is "right" -- whether or not he is in fact correct. This is what happens when people get too much power -- they have a strong tendency to push other people around.

1 Comments:

At 6:14 PM, May 29, 2010, Blogger Ted Amadeus said...

Too much power in too few hands is a great formula for disaster, as we're finding out almost daily!

 

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