There are times in my life where things have occurred that go beyond the simply strange, beyond the unimaginably surreal, into another dimension altogether.
Yes, I am talking about the Twilight Zone.
A confluence of happenstance and synchronicities that indicates beyond any doubt that Voltaire was correct: If God exists; He/She is a Comedian. And life is the punch line.
The other day I had an experience where I fully expected to look up from my computer and see the ghost of Rod Serling standing in the corner, wearing a hounds-tooth check sports coat, and intoning (in his whiskey and cigarette baritone) the opening line of his most celebrated creation:
"Submitted for your consideration."
I have been studying the American labor movement off and on for the last year, since I wrote "Against the Corporate State," (OpEdNews, May 12, 2010). Recently I have concentrated on the African-American sub-movement within the labor movement, because it seems to be the only substantial, ongoing push for the expansion and improvement of working peoples' rights on the job after the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. After Taft-Hartley, the labor movement--or at least the union leadership--seemed to be increasingly in the pocket of the corporations. The plutocrats were always willing to concede wages and benefits (which they knew they could get back during an economic down turn), but held the line against workplace safety and worker participation in running the company more sufficiently.
Not efficiently; sufficiently.
My computer dictionary (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company) defines "sufficiently" as being the adverb of the adjective "sufficient," meaning: 1. Being as much as is needed; 2. Archaic. Competent; qualified.