re: Ragtime and Henry Ford
Posted by: dbdbdb 11:10 am EST 01/21/23
In reply to: Ragtime and Henry Ford - Mmac72 10:58 am EST 01/21/23

I don't think the number is all that celebratory. Rather, it takes a mock-triumphant attitude toward Ford's introduction of the dehumanizing assembly line process. Lines like "Every worker a cog in motion/Well, that's the notion of Henry Ford" or "Even people who ain't too clever/Can learn to tighten a nut forever" make that case. And then there are the increasingly frantic repetitions of "Speed up the belt." I worked a Ford assembly line in college and, believe me, Ahrens and Flaherty know what they are talking about.

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