Quote by H. L. Mencken
Unionism, seldom if ever, uses such powers as it has to ensure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguard bad work.
This quote suggests that unions, typically, do not utilize their influence and authority to improve the quality of work. Instead, it argues that unions primarily focus on protecting and preserving substandard work. The quote implies that instead of pushing for skills development and raising productivity, unions prioritize maintaining job security even when it means sustaining low-quality work. This perspective portrays unions as more concerned with the protection of their members' jobs rather than advocating for continuous improvement in the workplace.
Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world - which, like it or not, is modern reality.