"Thoughts without intuitions are empty; intuitions without concepts are blind."

Fascism in America:
from the New Deal to Donald Trump

the work of transcendental empiricism so far

the two-party system: 1. semiotic regimes*;
2. capital formations and the two-party system

* the quantum Heterogeneity of Dasein: 5 Genetic Ontologies
"Thoughts without intuitions are empty; intuitions without concepts are blind."

"Philosophy always arrives too late . . . .  The Owl
of Minerva takes flight only as the dusk begins to fall."

"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic
facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add:
the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

History without philosophy is only a screen
on which to project the shibboleths of our time

Hitler is to Trump as tragedy is to farce
"The Origins of the Welfare State: The Keynesian Elite and the Second New Deal, 1910-1936" (manuscript, 1987)

U.S. Political Economy by Sector, 1910 to 1939
input-output matrices: capital formations and the two-party system)
Sectors of Capital, 1910-
Figure 1.  Keynesian Elite in New Deal State, 1910-1939
Source: "Membership List, May 1927," in the Morris L. Cooke Papers, box 66,
FDR Library; and
United States Government Manual 1937
for more info on Fig.2 click on Keynesian Elite: Career Matrix
also: the Papers of John M. Carmody
Joanna Bockman. Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism (Stanford University Press, 2011): three reviews 
a catastrophic decline in cognitive performativity?
Ong, Luria, and Piaget (see Stalinism-excerpts); Wittgenstein and Austin; Wolf and Olson:
Donald Trump as Performative Complex
The election of 2016 occured in the context of the situation indexed by Figure 2, and is inconceivable outside this context.  Many have commented on the cognitive performativity of the candidate and then the President, but don't take seriously the historicity, fragility, and reversibility of cognitive development as a cultural-historical phenomenon.  Figure 2 is an effect of cultural-historical developmental processes, of which schooling itself is only one of several key inputs affecting the cognitive and cultural development of situated organisms (not Cartesian selves).  Cognitive development is not a normative, inevitable process (Wolf).  It is an effect of history and politics, as well as evolution, and can suffer reversal or collapse.

Cognitive development is also not a solely ontogenetic process: the contextual and embedded character of mind; the social character of mind and agency; and the institutional and historical contexts of cognitive performativity must be borne in mind. (Jan Derry, Vygotsky, Philosophy, and Education, Wiley, 2013, pp. 17, 24)

Figure 2 suggests that a catastrophic decline in cognitive performativity preceded and made possible the fascist-patrimonial victory of November 2016. 

Focusing on the person of the Chief Executive and his various performative moments obliterates the cultural-historical dimensions of history.  The brutishness in language and behavior that are the chief characteristics of Trump's mass-oriented performances must be understood as manifestations of something of great ontological significance.  To understand this, thinking must first emancipate itself from the Cartesian presuppositional matrix--the ontological presupposition of the Cartesian self and its associated rhetorical elements of consciousness, belief, motive, ideology and interest.  Failure to do so has the effect, a priori, of blocking conceptualization of questions of ontology, agency, intentionality, habitus, networks and contexts.  And thinking must approach the question of "ontology" as a question of genetic ontology (see below): the performative dimensions of ontology.

Texts to accompany Figure 2 PISA Math Scores
another text re Fig 2
Index notes—June 2
A new human ontology—Trump—emerges

see The President Who Doesn't Read
                 Figure 2.  PISA Math Scores, 2003 to 2015:
             21 Developed Nations & East Asian Cities and City-States

Agency and Ontology: The UAW Interviews as Dialogical Field
These interviews are a set of dialogic unfoldings that form a lens through which to examine the ontologies and events, the transformations and reactions, that are subsumed under the term unionization.  The factories, meeting halls, and neighborhoods of southeastern Michigan are laboratories in which to investigate the play of forces: first, the deep structures, the genetic ontologies (the principles of the production of practices) that dominate the manifold areas of human activity; and second, the irruption of forces of an entirely different kind (Bordieu), referred to variously as agency, bildung, and the will to power.  In addition, some of these interviews forced me to include the more nebulous concept of jouissance.

This first block of interviewees were all early leaders of the emergent forces that came to be known as the UAW.  Most of them were Midwestern "socialists." Others were "communists."   I refer to them as bildungs-proletarians, around whom formed the action networks of plebeian upstarts (the Unity Caucus) who created the modern UAW in March of 1939.   From the standpoint of praxis both the Unity Caucus and the Keynesian elite should be conceived of as vanguard formations within the field of Progressivism. 

from Charles Yaeger (Pontiac) Oral History transcript, pp. 11-12)

Finally the CIO group, the Addes and Reuther forces in the union at that time, called a special convention with the blessing of the parent CIO in Cleveland, and there we organized what became the UAW-CIO.

We attended the Cleveland Convention [March 27, 1939], and it was there that the union was born after all this factional problem.  Then, of course, we had to go back and reorganize the plants because as much as the International was torn asunder the locals were, too.  We took over the local union with(in) our unit of the old amalgamated [Local 156], which became [local] 594.  We took it over with about 7,000 people working in the plant and 503 or 504 members.  This was all the membership we had.  We did not have the union.

The Geogrraphy of Agency: the bildungs-proletarians around whom formed the action networks of plebeian upstarts


Most of them were part of the trans-Atlantic population movements out of central, northern, and western europe.

They were, most of all, intensely rather that merely literate. 

Most of them were neither skilled workers in the sense as it was understood at the time (skilled trades & tool & die), but neither were they laborers or assemblers.  Some were press operators: most were welders, trimmers, semi-skilled skilled machine workers and repairmen.  Paul Silver gives a succinct and clear characterization of this kind of work as cognitive process.  In Midland steel it ws the welders on the asembly line; in Dodge Main trimmmers and welders

It is this literary and cognitive aspect of the lives of these leaders that is central to an understanding of not only the formation of the UAW, but also the formation of the Keynesian Elite in the New Deal state.


Prelude to Trump: the Civil War in the UAW



Barney Kluck 1941 Wage Adjustment list for non-production workers
Frank Fagan 1943 Convention delegates from Local 2 (Murray Body)
John Anderson
Cliff Williams et. al. delegates to 1937 UAW Milwaukee Convention
Michigan Steel Tube



Paul Silver--Edmund Kord--John Anderson--MIDLAND STEEL
MST on relationship between Bildungsproletarian(s) and Plebeian Upstarts

The Charlie Yaeger ratio (7.2%)
Frank Fagan on 1943 Convention Local 2 delegates LIST


Victor Reuther: Andeson, Indiana
Bud Simon: re Saginaw.  Run out of town (almost lynched)
Paul Silver: Dodge Main Flying Squadron to the picket line
Paul Silver: the Ford Strike
Robert Travis to Chas
Bud Simon on workers from Toledo
Edmund Kord on the picket line

the Taking of Chevy 4


Bill Jenkins on Bulgarians
Herman Burt on Polish women
Edmund Kord on the "gray mass"
Cliff Williams, Claude Henson and one other on Hillbillies in Pontiac


Larry Jones re. Van Zandt
Norm Bully on CP and City College

Frank Fagan on LIST 1943


Timothy R. Pauketat, An Archaeology of the Cosmos: Rethinking Agency and Religion in Ancient America (Routledge, 2012)

"communists" in Packard and Allis Chalmers
Garrison to FF re. Christoffel
James Lindahl Collection
John Anderson on communists in geneal;in Midland Steel in particular

Bill Jenkins on Bulgarian group (communists?)


Chris Johnson/Maurice Sugar: on size of CP in Detroit (Petrakovich interview)
Ron Schatz on IWO and UE

Detroit East Side: UAW Locals: interviews
Leon Pody*
Murray Body
UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan
Murray Body UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan*
Murray BodyUAW Local 2
Lloyd Jones*
Murray Body UAW Local 2

Dick Frankensteen Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Dick Frankensteen*Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Charles Watson Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Harry Ross*
Dodge MainUAW Local 3
Richard Harris*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Adams Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Ptazynski
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Earl Reynolds Dodge Main UAW Local 3
John Zaremba*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3

Sam Sweet
UAW Local 51

John McDaniel Packard
UAW Local 190
John McDaniel*Packard
UAW Local 190
Harry Kujawski Packard UAW Local 190
Eddie Dvornik Packard UAW Local 190
Adam Poplewski*
Packard UAW Local 190
James Lindahl***
UAW Local 190

Leonard Klue MICHIGAN STEEL TUBE UAW Local 238

Paul Silver
Detroit Steel Products
UAW Local 351

N = 35 interviewees
UAW Local 410
John Anderson
CP, Midland Steel

Bill Jenkins Chrysler Highland Park
UAW Local 490

Tony Podorsek
body-in-white supervisor Dodge, Cadillac

Joe Adams, Interview re. distrust of written agreement

re. Allis-Chalmers, UAW Local 248 ➞ UE Locals: re. "CP"

Lloyd Garrison to Felix Frankfurter, April 29, 1941
Felix Frankfurter to Lloyd Garrison, May 14, 1941

Packard: Proceedinggs 1943; James Lindahl papers (Reuther Archive)

Tony Podorsek on history of metal finishing

A Wartime Strike


Barney Kluck, Tool & Die the interviews: going down 1941 Non-production wage adjustments LIST

Cliff Williams and Frank Fagan (Racism in Pontiac; telling it like it is in Murray Body 1943 LIST Catholic (ACTU) part of coalition with racist forces in uaw

"On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (German: Über Wahrheit und Lüge im aussermoralischen Sinne, also called On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense[1]) is a philosophical essay by Friedrich Nietzsche. It was written in 1873, one year after The Birth of Tragedy,[2] but was published by his sister Elisabeth in 1896 when Nietzsche was already mentally ill. The work deals largely with epistemological questions about the nature of truth and language, and how they relate to the formation of concepts."

Barney Kluck and
Bob Brenner ( switched vote, susequent investigation by PF) on the Tool Room

Ben Wainwright and the Elder Report (north Euro Prot, English swing  group of moderate but definitely modern citizens

Herman Burt on Racism on the shopfloor (LUNCH)

Patrimonialism and White Supremacy: the view from the shop floor

Detroit East Side: Midland Steel, UAW Local 410: interviews
Bob Brenner Tool and Die
Barney Kluk Tool and Die
Ed Tyll Tool and Die
Jim Peters
Chrysler line
Oscar Oden
Chrysler line
Ben WainwrightChrysler line
John PerryChrysler line
William HintzChrysler line
Joe BlockChrysler line
TiedermannChrysler line
George Bidinger
Large presses
George Borovich Large presses
Chester Podgorski Large presses

Earl Pollntz

Louis VolettiLarge presses
Lawrence VolettiLarge presses
Herman BurtPaint Machine
Levi NelsonShipping & Recieving
Agnes Baransky
Small presses
Lotte Klas
Small presses
John Anderson
Organizer, Local 155
Art Lamb
Works Manager
Almdale and Newby Cleveland.  VPs Frame Division


Bill Mazey
Ken Morris

Detroit East Side.  Connor Ave: UAW Locals: interviews
Jack Zeller
UAW Local 7
Ed Carey*
Chrysler-Jefferson UAW Local 7
Francis Moore
UAW Local 154
Minnie Anderson
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody*
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody* Briggs UAW Local 212
Bill Mazey
UAW Local 212
Ernie Mazey
UAW Local 212
Ken Morris*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Art Vega*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Irwin Bauer
Budd Wheel
UAW Local 306


Ed Lock


Herman Burt
Shelton Tappes

Cosmopolitans vs. Provincvials

Frank Fagan
Bud Simon

Detroit West Side & Dearborn: UAW Locals: interviews
Ed Lock
UAW Local 600
Percy Llewelyn
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes Ford
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes*Ford
UAW Local 600
John Anderson
UAW Local 15
Irene Marinovich (I)
UAW Local 174
Mary Davis

Stanley Novak

Blain Marrin
Tool & Die
UAW Local 157



Williams-Yaeger-Smith discuss 1937 Local 159 delegates to Milwaukee Convention LIST

the Elder Report ⊗ the Ben Wainwright interview re. Homer Martin and UAW Civil War

what kind of white men are these

Bert Harris: Press Room; BlackLegion (Cliff Williams on)

x-ref "tar-dipping incident"

incident reported: "Unionists Linked to Tar-Party"DT 6-11-37
hearing reported: ["Tar-dipping is Laid to Five" DN 12-10-37] (blurred)

Flint and Pontiac: UAW Locals: interviews
Norman Bully
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Arthur Case*
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Larry Jones
Chevrolet (Flint) UAW Local 659
Bill Genski
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bill Genski*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bud Simons*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bert Harris**
Fisher Body #1 (Flint) UAW Local 581

Cliff Williams +Yaeger
Yellow Cab (Pontiac)
UAW Local 594
Charlie Yaeger*

Bob Travis**
UAW Local 581
Henry Kraus**

Michael Tomasello, Becoming Human: a Theory of Ontogeny (Harvard, 2019): Shared, Collective intentionality; the cultural intelligence hypothesis

Marshall W. Alcorn, Jr., Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric, Text, and Subjectivity (New York University Press, 1994)

Simon Jarvis, Wordsworth's Philosophical Song (Cambridge, 2007): Beyond the transcript

Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience since the Sesventeenth Century (Cambridge, 2005)

  Schiller in Barnow

Frank Fagan (Murray Body) provides both a synoptic view of the operation and is in fact an embodiment of the kind of bildungs-proletarian who were at the center of agency.  He is an actor in his time, and a collaborator in mine the extended mind of the unity caucus 
Toledo, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Cleveland
Wyndham Mortimer White Mtr (Cleve.), Flint
Al Rightly
UAW Local 5
BOOK: The Auto-Lite Strike of 1934
George Addes*
Willys Overland (Toledo)

Joseph Ditzel*
Chevrolet (Toledo)

James Roland*
Chevrolet (Toledo)
Roy H. Speth*
Seaman Body (Milwaukee)

BOOK: Stalin Over Wisconsin
UAW Local 248
Garrison to FF re. Christoffel

Podorsek 1.1

Flynn effect; bildungsroman

family history; father killed in coal mines polish in Pa. 16 miles atone
first job in silk mill 1918  (12 yrs old)
strike united textile workers 50 hrs week, 3.50 a week
comes to Detroit
Briggs metal finish


worked hudson metal fin, dingman body plant
Fisher body cleveland
east side neighborhood
hillbillies & Belgians
talking streets list firms where neighborhood worked in nearby plants


Job Description for Wage Studies.  Metal working industries, US Dept Labor, BLS.  Nov., 1945.  [this leaves out trim, paint, and foundry depts] See also selected occupations.
Cliff Williams-Yellow Cab

Tony Podorsek on metal finishing.

Paul Silver on paint testing
Joe Adams and Art Gruzen on trim
Frank Fagan on welding--on his department name by name.
Billl Mazey on welding
Almdale and Newby on welding
Williams on door-hanging

Industry wage study. Appendix A-W. Job descriptions for wage studies.
Job descriptions for wage studies in the metalworking industries plant
this leaves out trim and paint depts, foundry, all of which are major workspaces in the plants of auto manufacturers, circa 1937

▶︎❖Acid Dipper

•Adjuster, Machine

 ••Class A (Cliff Williams-Doorhanger )
  •Class B

▷Class C

Automatic Lathe Operator (Class A, B, C)
••Carpenter, Maintenance
Coater Operator
••Crane Operator, Electric Bridge
••Die Setter
•••Die Sinker
Drill-Press Operator, Radial (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Single- or Multiple-Spindle (Class A, B, C)
Electrician, Maintenance
Electrician, Production

Engine-Lathe Operator
Class A
Class B
Class C

Forging Press Operator, Hydraulic (Vertical)

Grinding Machine Operator
Class A
Class B
Class C

Class A
Class B ( . . . where considerable care is essential to achieve very close tolerances)
Class C

Loader and Unloader (Shipping and Receiving)

•Machine-Tool operator, misc. machines
••Machinist, Maintenance
••Machinist, Production

Milling-Machine Operator
•Class A
Class B
Class C


Polisher and Buffer, Metal (aka metal finishing): Charles Watson, Local 3-Tony Podorsek
Power-Shear Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Punch-Press Operator
Class A,
Class B)

Riveter, Hydraulic
Riveter, Pneumatic
Screw-Machine Operator, Automatic  (
Class A, B, C)
Set-Up Man, Machine Tools
•Stock Clerk
Tester (Class A, B, C)
•••Tool and Die Maker
Trucker, Hand
•Trucker, Power

Welder, Hand (Class A, B, C)➤Bill Mazey interview

• or •• ?  Turret-Lathe Operator, Hand (Including Hnad-Screw Machine) (Class A, B, C)
• ?  Welder, Machine (Class A, B)