The basic concept is based on what happened in Argentina in the early 2000's. Watch The Take, a film by Naomi Klein that shows the over 200 factories that were taken over by workers after the financial collapse there.
Of course, the big difference is that here, Boeing would not abandon or shutter the factory overnight, and that Boeing basically owns the cops and the courts, who would pretty quickly evict the workers.
In Argentina, this did not happen, and, in fact, the courts allowed the workers in many cases to set up legal arrangements to continue production.
Charles is completely wrong, however, when he says "the knowledge of production has been generalized".
Building commercial aircraft is really really complicated, relies on experience and institutional knowledge, and is not readily transferable.
Boeing tried outsourcing to sophisticated, high wage countries like Japan and Italy on the 787 project, and it was a huge failure- many of the parts had to be reworked by the employees here in Washington State.
Boeing has spent over three years and more than a billion dollars setting up the plant in South Carolina- and it is currently running way behind schedule, with huge rework rates, and is making a whopping 1.5 planes a month. They have gotten 15 complete airplanes out of that plant since it opened. By contrast, the Seattle area Boeing plants produce 600 planes a year.
The "knowledge" to build airplanes still takes years and years to learn, and is not transferable by internet. Anyone who has worked in a metal fabrication shop, a machine shop, or a foundry can tell you how ridiculous Charles' thesis is that somehow there has been a radical change in making an object as complicated as a Jet Airplane. Learn to sharpen a drill bit by eye, then come back and tell me that crap.
The rich may have "abandoned production"- only Charles seems to know the rich that well- but the USA has not.
Last year we made close to 10 million autos in the US, a fifteen year high. We still make enormous numbers of industrial products here, often the most expensive, complicated, and desirable ones globally. Companies like John Deere, Caterpillar, Paccar, and, yes, Boeing, export billions of dollars of product each year, each, of mechanical objects. We still have the capacity to make 100 million tons of steel a year domestically.
Yes, much of it is now built in "right to work" states. And much of it is done with a tiny fraction of the number of workers we used to employ. But the manufacturing capacity is still here, and the exports still bring in billions.
Boeing may well screw Seattle area workers, but it will be a slow process, and not due to some magical change in production, but, instead, because neo-liberal state governments are willing spend billions to "buy" jobs. Which seldom works, but Boeing will gladly take their money anyway.