Labor Unions

This Week’s Applied Hayek: Occupy AFL-CIO Edition

Featured image Chapter 18 of The Constitution of Liberty is on “Labor Unions and Employment,” which will be considered in my class next Monday evening (are you paying attention, class?), the day before Ohio’s vote on the reforms to public employee compensation and collective bargaining rights.  Advance polls suggest Gov. Kasich’s reforms are going down to defeat, chiefly because of tactical mistakes.  National Review’s Brian Bolduc explains. Anyway, Hayek’s chapter on labor »

Does Anyone Care About Actual Political Violence?

Featured image Over the last year, we have seen absurd efforts to blame violent acts committed by people who had nothing to do with politics on politicians and activists who have nothing to do with violence. No matter: it is all about political opportunism. In fact, however, we do have a political or quasi-political movement in the United States that in recent years has often resorted to violence: the union movement. To »

There Is Really Only One Special Interest Group

Featured image And that is labor unions. Antony Davies of Duquesne has prepared a series of charts that summarize special interest political contributions from 1989 to 2009, based on data from Open Secrets. This chart is the most revealing; it shows that the overwhelming majority of special interest money goes to Democrats, and that unions dwarf everyone else. It’s actually even worse than the chart shows at first glance, since teachers’ unions »