On The Waterfront
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  • Paul

    It is a delusion of left liberalism that historical Western labor unions have not depended upon coercive violence — whether their own or that of the state — for whatever successes they enjoyed. This is not surprising, as a union not employing violence would have to rely on the prolonged and unwavering choice of the vast majority of a particular population to inflict some period of material deprivation on its own families for the sake of collective solidarity in pursuit of particular limited benefits. Such long-term commitment and solidarity are rare among human beings outside the context of physical conflict (and coercive internal policing).

    Of course, their opponents historically have also resorted to both private and state violence in response, and sometimes this logical “response” has included preemption.

  • Peter

    Violence and thuggery is in Big Labor’s DNA.

    Indeed, if you look at the record, Mr. Mead, you’ll see that labor violence is the reason the U.S. Supreme Court declared the obviously unconstitutional Wagner Act as being constitutional.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    Anti-Trust the Labor Gang Monopolies, break them up and force them to compete against each other for work. That’s the Free Enterprise way, that’s the source of Capitalism’s improving quality and service, it’s the feedback of competition that makes things better. Monopolies are just dead ends.

  • Corlyss

    The history of the labor movement worldwide is a tribute to its role in labor saving devices and technological advancements like word processing, robotic manufacturing, and containerized shipping. The violence and unreasonableness of union demands and behaviors have lead directly to the high cost of labor everywhere and that in turn led directly to automation that has gagged the miserable lot for the last 40 years. God Bless the Unions and their perpetual overreaching!!!! I trust they will keep it up until even SEIU is out of business, literally.

  • Nissen

    I can not speak for the historical practices of “western labor unions” (@ Paul), but I do know a lot about the history of the ILWU beginning with my father’s accounts.
    He was proud to finally get “on the board” and as a pensioner to support the only endowed chair in the U.S named for a labor leader, the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies at the University of Washington. Harry has been dead for many years so maybe the current leadership, and for sure WRM, need some touchup work. Here’s a couple of places to start (a better understanding of the current dispute would be also in order. http://theharrybridgesproject.org/biography.html
    http://depts.washington.edu/pcls/about.html

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