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Labor Unions; Disinfectant for Corporate Largesse

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the new right-wing Republican star. He came in a strong second to Rand Paul in the CPAC straw poll (while Jeb Bush came in a mediocre fifth, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Chris Christie, and former governor Rick Perry were even further behind). What’s Walker’s allure? For one thing, he hates unions. Walker compared his own crackdown on teachers and other public employee unions to Ronald Reagan’s 1981 firing of 11,000 air-traffic controllers, and he’s ready to sign a so-called “right-to-work” law approved by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate that would ban private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues.

Walker is the opposite of his predecessor more than a century ago, “Fighting Bob” La Follette, who as Wisconsin governor from 1900 to 1906 led America’s progressive movement against the growing dominance of big corporations over government. La Follette fought for worker’s compensation, a minimum wage, progressive taxation, women’s suffrage, and more direct democracy – including the right to recall public officials. Scott Walker survived just such a recall — with the benefit of generous funding supplied by Charles and David Koch. – Robert Reich on Facebook

The part of free-market capitalism that most capitalists these days don’t understand is that the government largess towards corporations takes the ‘free’ out of it. If the playing field were truly level, the market truly free, there would be no corporations. Individuals would have to own businesses directly with all the liability that entails.

When you suggest this to modern day freemarketeers they either a) screech in horror at being required to be responsible for their businesses actions, or b) don’t understand the amount of liability actually involved in conducting business in today’s world and so think that’s a great idea.

In either case the corporation is here to stay, and so unions should be as well.

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