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In describing the NRA I have mentioned the fact that we had a number of outbreaks of badly organized spontaneous walkouts that appeared to be foolish from the point of view of those who thought of the economic condition of the workers, and realized that many of them had been out of work, or working part-time, or on substandard wages for a long time, and were therefore regarded as inexplicable by many people - even by me, I may say. One would not have expected these strikes to take place at a time when people had been on short work or no work for so long a time, when individuals had no personal reserves on that account, and when unions, in particular, had practically exhausted their backlogs and had almost no moneys available for strike benefits. What it really does express therefore, as I think now and thought at the time, was a spontaneous resentment, a spontaneous action, based on a feeling that, “Well, now we can get it. They say they're going to hire us, so now we'll strike. They say we can organize, so we will

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