The “wage-price spiral,” which is merely a consequence of inflation, is being
blamed as its cause, thus deflecting the blame from the real culprit: the
government. But the government’s guilt is hidden by the esoteric intricacies of
the national budget and of international finance—which the public cannot be
expected to understand—while the disaster of nationwide strikes is directly
perceivable by everyone and gives plausibility to the public’s growing
resentment of labor unions.