Monday, March 07, 2011

Why Unions Matter

Rick Hertzberg in the New Yorker:

If a Republican Party that has lately become rigidly, fanatically “conservative” can succeed in reducing public-sector unions to the parlous condition of their private-sector brethren, then organized labor—which, for all its failings, all its shortsightedness, all its “special interest” selfishness, remains the only truly formidable counterweight to the ever-growing political power of that top one-thousandth—will no longer be anything close to a match for organized money
We all know that unions are too powerful, and often corrupt, but if they are eliminated what protects us from the power and corruption of the super rich?

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