World: I'm All Right, Hans

The Oberleutnant stares grimly at his wristwatch as machine-gun bullets twang overhead. A flare picks out highlights on the jackboots and bayonets of his -waiting assault troops. Then, with a wave of his Luger: "Vorwärts!" But the troops have been staring at their watches, too. Instead of charging, they march off—out of step—toward the canteen. "It's coffee-break time," says the squad leader to the Oberleutnant. "Take it up with the shop steward."

Soldiers in labor unions? The very idea would be enough to set Clausewitz cackling in his grave. Yet last week unionization of...

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