From the reading "The New Work Order", a dilemma is brought to attention that I believe is of great importance. This dilemma deals with the workers who were trained in the ideals "old capitalism" and how they may or may not adapt to the new work order. The author paints a picture where these workers have widespread cynicism- believing fast capitalist practices "dupe" the worker into working harder and longer for less reward and with perhaps greater risk.
One of the pillars of fast capitalism is a progressive movement in how production and economic processes are organized. When I think of old school capitalism- companies like GM/Ford etc come to mind. There is an obvious hierarchy among employees and all of the processes (think assembly line) are centralized- unlike the major motifs of fast capitalism (reduced hierarchy, decentralization, direct contact with customers). Essentially, big corporations (such as GM, Ford) would cease to exist in their current forms and would instead operate more like a local mom and pop company, as a more local and personal type of business erasing the companies long standing history, politics and economics (portrayed in the article as a "mom and pop" shop).
This type of business is the exact opposite of old school, where "standard" products were sold in LARGE quantities to people who wanted to become standardized (once again, think assembly line). The idea behind this was that all Americans desired the same goods and that companies saw standardized consumption as a good thing. Do I think that the old school outlook can continue to exist and deliver results? Absolutely not. I think the text clearly explains that customizing consumer desire > democracy and I believe that's the direction we are trending towards.