of young people. This was a world in which “loyalty” was increasingly themost important characteristic of relationships and people’s friends came toexert a stronger and stronger influence over decisions and actions.At the same time as these new sorts of relationships were forming, the Yarur factory was becoming increasingly de-personalized and de-humanized. The
system which relied so heavily on the personality of the leaderhad not been successfully transmitted between generations of the Yarur clan.Moreover, the system was predicated on a tangible sense that real gainscould (only) come from the individual relationship with the boss. It wasdoomed to wither in the face of decades passed with work conditions thesame or worse as before. As Winn writes, the gifts of the patron system“were double-edged, instruments of social control as well as expressions of benevolence. Their intent was to bind workers to their boss by ties of gratitude…and fears of losing those [benefits] already granted.”
The lastvestiges of the system employed by Don Amador failed to resonate with ayounger group of workers not weaned with the same sense of filial piety asthe older generation.More than that, the mechanization of the working process increasedthe physical and social isolation of workers from one another. Indeed, thismechanization was the final blow to any sustaining power of the old familialpatron system. The replacing Taylor System was an American innovationdesigned to increase the productivity of the workers. While in purelyeconomical terms, it had the desired outcome; it also created an impersonalsituation in which labor was separated from the laborers. Indeed, the workersbecame “extensions of the perpetual motion machines they tended.”
Onpage 46, Winn writes that “
was another casualty of the TaylorSystem – and paternalism perished with it as well. There was no longer timeto talk with other workers.”
This was completely at odds with the senses of community that had become increasingly important in the social fabric of theyoung workers.
Winn, “Weavers of Revolution,” 46.