Afflicting the Ideologically Comfortable
Topic: Liberal Fascism
One more reason to applaud Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana legislature for passing right to work legislation: the Occupy movement hates it. Here’s some reaction from the self-appointed champions of the 99%, courtesy of Nation of Change:
Very tricky phrase [right to work]. Let’s just put the hammer on the nail. It’s untrue. This bill has nothing to do with a right to work. If folks in Indiana and that great legislation—and they want to pass a bill that really is something called "Right to Work", have a constitutional amendment that guarantees every citizen a right to a job. That is a right to work. What this is, instead, is a right to enforce and to ensure that ordinary working people can’t get together as a team, can’t organize, can’t stand together, and can’t fight or negotiate with management on an even playing field.
This demonstrates the weirdness of the alternate reality that progressives have constructed for themselves. In their view, if the state forces workers to join a union and pay union dues as a condition of employment, that’s democracy in action. But if the state recognizes the right of individual citizens to work without being required to join a union, that’s fascism!
It is of course untrue that Indiana’s new right to work law is designed “to enforce and to ensure that ordinary working people can’t get together as a team, can’t organize, can’t stand together, and can’t fight or negotiate with management on an even playing field.” The law doesn’t ban unions or collective bargaining. It merely states that individual workers are free to join a union or not, as they prefer. Among other things, this ensures that workers who disagree with a union’s political activities, e.g. support for the Democratic Party and its candidates, are not forced to subsidize them by paying union dues.
That they’re unwilling to support the right of individual workers to make up their own minds about the benefits of union membership suggests to me that progressives have a problem with the concept of individual rights—or to put it another way, that they’re hopeless enamored of the concept of the collective. Either way you prefer to put it, that’s evidence of a totalitarian mind-set.
Posted by tmg110
at 4:18 PM EST