Voluntary serfdom: An ideological journey into dual-class labor conflicts and possible and possible workers’ solutions*

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Ralph G. O'Sullivan


*Originally printed in Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 2002 30(2).

This article identifies my paradigm shift toward greater acceptance of conflicts
and alienation sociologies from Marx and from Seeman. Having never been a
follower of their sets of ideas, ample evidence has been found in recreational
and sociological literatures, and at work, to support the contention that they are more important that I had previously thought. The conclusion is derived from reviewing a variety of novels, poems, a travelogue, sociological findings on dualand antagonistic-class structures, data about alienation, and putting a theoretical twist to Merton's goals-means model of adaptation.

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