The View From 1776
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Labor Unions: Socialism’s Shock Troops
Both in England and in the United States, labor unions led the political assault to overwhelm the individualistic traditions that made those nations great and to impose socialistic planning and regulation.
This is a reprint of an essay posted on this website five years ago, on January 26, 2005. It is timely because of the strangling influence today of labor unions that drove GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and the public employees unions that control state budgets and are pushing big-union states like California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut toward bankruptcy.
Many people, even conservatives, will be much offended by the characterization of labor unions as socialistic shock troops.