We learn about the “Alphabet Army” which is the name Pietra gives to all of the acronyms which together make up the American textile lobby. They were and are an extremely vigorous and active lobby. Lobbying is nothing unusual but their longevity and effectiveness is inspiring (for some) and frightening (to others).
An early quote explains this chapter, “the extent to which the industry can speak with one voice – to snarl together goes a long way toward explaining its political influence.” (123) The chapter ends by saying that while the pack of snarling dogs has gotten a bit smaller, they are still surely snarling.
This is part of a chapter by chapter reaction to The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.
- Introduction to the T-Shirt Travels Review
- Chapter 1: Cotton and T-Shirts
- Chapter 2: Cotton, T-Shirts and Technology
- Chapter 3: Tees and Dream Teams
- Chapter 4: T-shirts and Eskimos
- Chapter 5: Apparel and the Industrial Revolution
- Chapter 6: T-Shirt Globalization
- Chapter 7: The Snarling Army
- Chapter 8: Are T-shirts Actually Too Expensive?
- Chapter 9: T-Shirt Quotas
- Chapter 10: Lifecycle of a T-shirt
- Chapter 11: Final Chapter – Final Thoughts