When Capitalists Cared, a NYT Op-Ed

September 4th, 2012

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As first published in the New York Times on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2012

By Hedrick Smith

Washington – In the rancorous debate over how to get the sluggish economy moving, we have forgotten the wisdom of Henry Ford. In 1914, not long after the Ford Motor Company came out with the Model T, Ford made the startling announcement that he would pay his workers the unheard-of wage of $5 a day.

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The March on Washington Anniversary

August 28th, 2012

As first published at The Daily Beast 

By Hedrick Smith

Forty-nine years ago today, 200,000 civil-rights advocates marched on Washington—peacefully. Hedrick Smith, who covered the protest in 1963, on what we can learn from the effective show of political muscle.

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