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The Meritocratic Revolution

It started when the first Japanese auto manufacturer built a state-side manufacturing plant without union labor. It has continued ever since, and has resulted in Toyota surpassing any of the rust belt "Big-Three" as the largest automobile manufacturer in the world.

Not only is Toyota huge, they're profitable. They consistently make money, and consistently gain market share. Their vehicles are attractive, reliable, economic, and affordable. Their success, combined with the migration of assembly jobs for Ford, GM, and Chrysler to Canada and Mexico, has redefined what an "American" car is. Gone are the grounds for the hillbillys and Confederate Flag wavers to bemoan foreign cars as inferior, because none of them realize the inferior foreign cars are the ones made by their beloved Ford and Chevrolet.

Meritocracies reward performance, and abhorr the precept that one is 'entitled' to a job - no matter how bad they might be at it - simply because they've been around a while. The days when workers needed to organize to protect themselves from exploitation in a market devoid of jobs have been gone for longer than most of our grandparents have been alive. We're left with the UAW, which has lost over half of it's workforce in the period from 1984 to 2004, steadfastly refusing to acknowledge current events and external factors to their own demise. Their stranglehold on the big-three auto makers has facilitated their respective ruin, while Toyota, Honda, and Nissan sieze on the opportunities they leave behind to become increasingly prevalent and profitable.

Meritocracies are the natural way of things in the universe. Adapt and overcome, or perish. Thin the herd. A contract is no replacement for an education. No man is entitled to his paycheck. This concept alone is so foreign to unionized labor, and is so repulsive to corporations looking to remain competitive, that companies will do anything - even employ people half a world away whom they've never met and can barely understand - just to avoid dealing with labor organizers. Toyota has never considered expansion of facilities in states with strong union presences. There have been no substantive claims that Toyota treats employees unfairly. Toyota's year-over-year sales in March of 2007 are up 12%; all three of the big US automakers experienced sales declines during the same period.

In the end, two things are clear - well run companies can be remarkably successful without employing off-shore labor; and good employees don't need a union to remind employers that they should be treated fairly. God bless the meritocracy.

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