Happy to see Hightower take a poke at “human resources management.”
“Human resources management” - a phrase, profession, and exercise of power developed by capital to serve capital - percolates through our culture, language, consciousness, and workplaces.
The pernicious HR construct is not confined to workplaces directly owned by capital. The co-op sector, non-profit sector, and public sector are deeply infected with dehumanizing constructs of “human resources management.”
To decolonize our consciousness, stake out liberated sectors of the economy, and organize a political revolution that disempowers capital and institutes humanistic and ecological democracy…
… we must wrestle with all the dehumanizing constructs woven into society, the economy, and our consciousness, by the operation of capital.
When insulted by some dehumanizing “HR” edict, it’s important to assert that you remain human, and want work to respect everyone’s humanity. Rather than say “This is the real world and i must submit,” affirm to yourself: “i am moving toward a life in which i do not have to submit to my own disrespect and dehumanization.”
And there are some indignities, some dehumanizing edicts, that you simply will not accept.
Props to the steelworkers in Gregory TX who are fighting for their own humanity, and all of ours.