Bildung.  The Enlightenment as a cultural-historical developmental leap
(the Symbolic Order of Progressivism)
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But what does Figure 1, The UAW (Unity Caucus): Bildungsproletarians and Plebeian Upstarts, 1933-1943, have to do with today's crisis of civility/fascism and of cognitive development and performativity?  The bildungsproletarians did function on the formal operational level.  The plebeian upstarts did not.   This is strikingly shown in the minutes of  the UAW Exec Bd. meeting of April 26, 1939, in Toledo.  (A more legible but not complete copy can be found here.)  What one sees in this relationship is a microcosm of larger patterns often referred to in terms of class, hegemony, or leadership.


Consider Margaret Jacob's The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850 (Cambridge, 2014).   Jacob emphasizes the socio-cultural networks, circles, and meeting houses of these first industrialists, andjj the role of books as emotionally charged world-opening objects.  We are in the world of Schiller and Hegel: the world of Bildung.  As if to serve the needs of this website, German socialist immigrants in  Detroit built Schiller Hall, which became a center of radical working class activity in the early 1930s.  Ed Lock (CP, Ford, MESA) was there.        ------->
Also at Schiller Hall: the emergency meeting of Chrysler Executive Boards and Shop Committees, November 7, 1939.  (Below.  The mass demonstration called for by the above minutes.  (Cadillac Square, November 15, 1939)
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one sees here both Vygotsky's notion of zone of proximal development broadened and historicized, and Alcorn's understanding of the development of self in relation to reading in this context turns out to be essential for those who would understand the happenings indicated by Figure 1 and the above photo.
--one sees here both Vygotsky's notion of zone of proximal developmi
This  requires a reconceptualization of what is called the Enlightenment--the Enlightenment as a cultural-historical developmental leap--an ontological leap, a cognitive revolution, a new Symbolic Order.  The superorganisism of the enlightenment . . .  from the 18th century to the New Deal.  Scientific reasoning is not merely about knowledge.  It is about functioning on the formal-operational level.  In the adventure of it, the jouissance of developmental transgression and becoming, lies the secret of the bildungs-proletarians and plebian upstarts who gave us so many Nietzschean spectacles

Alcorn's book . . . deepens these Vygotskian approaches by adding a psychological dimension . . .  Narcissism and the Literary Libido complements the reading of McElwain's letter to Frankfurter, Brandeis's letter to La Follette, the Wellman, Williams, Lock, Kraus and Bully interviews, Morris L. Cooke's Presidential Address to the Taylor Society, Brougham's article in the TSBull, the report to the UAW's IEB on factionalism in UAW Local 190 Packard), Robert Travis's  September 1937 Report on Flint.  Alcorn works with the basic concepts of "self psychology" developed by Kohut and Kernberg.  (See the Keynesian Elite: a plane of immanence.) Greenberg and Mitchel



The works below listed complement Margaret Jacob's The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850

Sophia Rosenfeld, A Revolution in Language: the Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France (Stanford, 2001)
Dena Goodman, The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (Cornell Univesity Press, 1994)
Stephen Rumph, Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (University of California Press, 2012)
Robert W. Gutman, Mozart, a Cultural Biography (Harcourt Brace, 1999)
Alcorn, Narcissism and the Literary Libido