RARA-AVIS: Re: The Ax
J. Alec West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 04:27:17 -0800 (PST)
One of the things Don mentioned in the interview was his
with Al Nussbaum ... a convicted felon who eventually won his
and went on to become a journalist/writer. Don said Al spoke of
criminal mentality ... that, in order to commit a crime, a
criminal has to
think of his victim as a "thing" ... that as soon as a criminal
thinking of his victim as a person, the criminal can't "do it"
Nowadays, we live in a corporate world ... and Don said no one
defined "corporation" better than Mark Twain, quote, "A
neither a brain to think with nor an ass to kick." He said
treat people like "things" ... parts to be used and, when no
needed, discarded into the scrapheap. And, when people are
way, they feel "victimized" no less than people who have been
by a criminal. Since corporate (if you will) "crime" cannot be
some people (like Burke Devore) feel they must take the law
into their own
hands in order to find redress.
While reading _The Ax_, and for my own comfort <grin>, I
Devore to be like a man in the wilderness ... a wilderness with
cavalry, no marshall, no sheriff ... confronted by the
corporate crime of
depersonalization (a crime with no penalty to the corporation).
survive in a lawless wilderness, people must make their _own_
in Devore's case, survival was the highest of those laws. Mr.
a very astute sociologist <grin>. I not only think _The
Ax_ should be
considered for a Pulitzer, I also think it should be made
for anyone pursuing a degree in business administration
who plan on specializing in human resources management).
P.S. Note my last 3 words above <grin>. I remember a
time when people
applied for jobs in the "personnel" department. Nowadays,
departments are called "Human Resources" departments.
taken the "person" out of "personnel" ... and demoted its
consideration as a mere "resource." Though it didn't make the
interview copy, Don and I discussed the Unibomber. True, the
has serious psychological problems. But, if you read between
the lines of
his psychosis (in his "manifesto"), a lot of sociological
I suggested that the Unibomber, if you will, is Burke Devore
taken to the
extreme. Don liked the analogy <grin>. Later.
J. Alec West
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