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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, May
Here are the words that gave birth to Organized Labor:
Those are the words of Karl Marx. They are a pure incitement to violent revolution. "Proletarians" means "Workers". The "Ruling Classes" means the employers, or, the demonized "Bourgeois".
Your local baker or butcher is a "Petty Bourgeois", and so are you, if you are just a middle-class employee who has not yet joined a union or joined the revolution in some other capacity.
The whole revolutionary idea behind Communism is to put the workers in charge of the workplace; to take the "Capital" owned by the Bourgeois and put it into the hands of the Proletariat. Then the workers would own the factories and farms and everything, and they would pay themselves, and maybe periodically go on strike against themselves for more pay, or grievances, or whatever.
The original business owners would theoretically be dead.
Note that the goal is global. Read the words again. All workers would own everything everywhere, and, one would suppose, they would know everything they would need to know to make it all work.
And if you think all that is workable, you're as dumb as Bernie Sanders.
Real Marxists know that the true goal is not Communism's vaunted Worker's Paradise at all, but Dictatorship. Many union members are completely oblivious to all of this, but not all of them. Many more are what Marxism refers to as their "Useful Idiots" who ignorantly help the process toward what they believe will be a better society, but what in reality will be a future of brutal violence and tyranny.
The violent revolution part of it hasn't worked in America, at least not yet; but that doesn't mean the long term goals of Marxism haven't been advanced by it. Union leadership draws anti-social types to it like manure draws flies. Union leaders have historically been common criminals and big time gangsters, whether publicly espousing Marxism or not; Marxism and crime just go together.
We have addressed this previously, among the Unionism Pages and elsewhere. My real problem with modern, Marxified organized labor is not so much the notions of solidarity and close comradeship of workers as it is the establishment of unnecessary animosity between employee and employer, when both should be working for the success of the enterprise, in the better interest of both. Unions always work to destroy the natural bond between employer and employee, and make them into enemies of each other. When they should be friends.
Organized labor unions promote the myth of Robin Hood, in the romanticized version of Wealth Redistribution. They take from the bourgeois business owners for the benefit of their members, making the rank and file happy, because they receive more than the fair market price for their labor. The cost of labor is no longer set by the natural laws of supply and demand, but by the threat of the organized strike, which may be against whole industries, or even against whole nations. The union bosses, living off of Union Dues, pass on some percentage of union dues on to the Marxocrat Party and the most pro-Marxist, pro-Crime politicians, in exchange for pro-labor, anti-American government action.
The Marxocrat Party loves Organized Labor; Organized Labor loves the Marxocrat Party. Both abhor honest work for fair pay, and both promote the myth that real honest work for fair pay is quite impossible without unions, because Capitalism is a "system of greed".
What the rank and file union man seldom recognizes is the destructive effect all of this has on the business that pays his wages. It forces businesses to cut labor, seek automation, move somewhere else, or go out of business altogether. They don't see the falsehood behind the myth of the unlimited wealth of the businessman. But, you see, businessmen go into business to earn a living for themselves and their families; nobody goes into business because he's rich. When a businessman cannot make a living at his business, he shuts his business down and does something else for a living.
That's the way it is.
As it is for the small business, so it is for the large corporate business; all large businesses started out as small ones, but even after incorporating, even after being sold and resold, merged and re-merged, even after humongous growth, the purpose of the business remains the same: to make a profit for the owners. When it cannot do that, it will move, or it will go out of business and shut down.
Very simple; nothing to it; but seldom understood by the rank and file.
When natural laws are violated the unpredictable results are never good.
Like the Welfare Queen, and like the criminal alien Etitetelista, the Union Man has been conditioned and trained and indoctrinated into seeing his high wages as an entitlement, and a right, that is just due to him by mere dint of the fact that he exists. He always paid his dues, so he has that money coming to him, regardless of the condition of the employer, or the industry, or the nation, or the world. His wages come first, ahead of everything. They are his due.
On top of all of this opposition to allowing the free market to set the price of labor, as it does (or should do) for prices and availability of raw materials and finished goods and services, we have unnatural Child Labor laws, and Minimum Wage laws, and Graduated Income tax laws, and piles and piles of OSHA and other unconstitutional, unlegislated, unrepresentative workplace regulations harming business in America.
Our child labor laws were based more on Dickens-type novels on the "horrors" (never the positives) of the Industrial Revolution than on practical reality. There is nothing wrong with children working while still children. Child labor laws stunt development of good workers and the development of useful skills while still a child.
If today's child labor laws had been in effect back then,
and many more examples could be cited. Once upon a time children were "apprenticed-out" to various craftsmen and professionals to learn a trade or a profession, at very young ages. And, all children worked at home, doing all the chores necessary for the upkeep of home and garden and chickens, the milk cow and whatever else the family typically had, even in towns. Farm children did everything necessary for the business of the farm, from the earliest ages they were able, and by the time they were grown they were very experienced farmers.
In those days, every grown adult knew full well how to make a living. They were already doing it. Confidently.
Compare that to today, and tell me how child labor laws are good.
Child abuse and child labor are two very different things. If a child is seeking a job, he should be perfectly free to find one. No one should ever be free to abuse a child.
Minimum wage laws are another unnatural interference with the natural laws of supply and demand. Heartwarming good intentions aside, all they do, along with child labor laws, is to eliminate a lot of available work, or, drive it underground, in a black-market of illegal labor.
The Church complicates the matter with promoted "fair wage" theology. For example, there is this:
That looks good on paper, but in all practicality, it simply doesn't always work for every available work opportunity. Taken literally, it would eliminate all part-time, multiple job opportunities, and it would eliminate entry-level or training jobs.
"Remuneration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level" is the part most Catholics take too literally, and,
"taking into account the role
and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common
good." is the part most Catholics never read, or ignore, or do not recognize.
How does that apply to the neighbor kid who mows your lawn?
I know, I know, paragraph 2434 is not supposed to be taken literally and applied to every single job on earth. But it is taken literally, and it is applied to every single job on earth, by otherwise good fellow Catholics who have been Marxified. It may be the most quoted paragraph in discussions on Social Justice.
First of all, all employers are not Catholic. Paragraph 2434 puts Catholic employers at a distinct business disadvantage against competing non-Catholic free-market employers. Loss of market share can be total; it can put an otherwise good business out of business.
Paragraph 2434, taken incorrectly, yes, but still taken the way most fellow Catholics with whom I have discussed it take it, would eliminate all jobs having to do with pay by piece-work, all jobs paid by commission, and even hourly work, unless the hours were rigidly fixed. And who gets to decide exactly what amount of remuneration provides a "dignified livelihood" for the worker and his entire household? A Congress? A President? A Dictator?
What does government even have to do with it, unless the worker works for the government?
For me, natural law sorts it out best. All sorts of jobs are available; all sorts of business opportunities are available; all sorts of workers are available; all of them - workers, businessmen, would-be entrepreneurs, employers, corporations, career seekers, career providers, etc. - are all free to seek their own way, by their own free will, for their own best advantage. Kind of like religions. The sweetest success is arrived at voluntarily.
Economic success, at any level, cannot be forced, or engineered, or dictated. Planned and fiercely controlled economics is only a path to mass poverty and eventual economic collapse. It never works; it never ends well.
All citizens have a right to free association with others, including organized labor unions. But it may not be argued that organized labor unions have a right to impose rules on the larger society that is not associated with it. If it is not a constitutional part of the government, then it has no authority to make any rules binding on anyone other than its own members.
A Constitutionalist President and/or a Constitutionalist Congress could and should declare the withholding of union dues from government worker's paychecks to be unconstitutional and end all such deductions and pass-throughs. Government workers would still be free to maintain union membership, but they would have to pay their own union dues out of their own private property full paychecks.
The tax payers owe nothing to the unions. The reason collective bargaining cannot work in government, and should be outlawed wherever it is not already outlawed, is that the government is not paying government worker wages. The taxpayer is the one paying all government worker pay, and the taxpayer is not and cannot be represented at the collective bargaining table.
A Constitutionalist Congress and a Constitutionalist President could and should legislate new law abrogating any existing contractual agreement between unions and private business requiring businesses to withhold union dues from worker's paychecks as a normal part of the business' payroll process, at the business' discretion. Unions should have no authority over any business' payroll process. Employees would still be free to be union members, but they would have to pay their own union dues out of their income. Dues would be a matter between unions and members, and no one else. It would be entirely up to the employer whether he wished to continue deducting and passing on union dues to the unions; if he wished to stop doing it, he could.
A Constitutionalist President and/or a Constitutionalist Congress could and should declare all "Closed Shop" laws or government regulations pertaining to any locality or any business or industry to be unconstitutional, null and void. No citizen should be forced against his will to join a union just to gain employment at a preferred place of employment. And no citizen should be forced against his will to pay dues to any organization he does not chose to support.
My guess is that a significant number of current union members are not too crazy about being union members in the first place. It would be very interesting to see how many of them would like to keep all of their pay in their own pocket instead of paying their union dues.
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