Carl F. Horowitz is director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Townhall.com Gold Partner organization dedicated to promoting ethics in American public life.
"To serve God's law, one must break man's law." There's nothing new about this principle. Men throughout the ages have fought, killed and died for it.
If American unionism can be summarized in one word, it would be "solidarity." A desire for unbreakable collective unity is pretty much why organized labor organizes in the first place.
People generally hold two views of William Lerach, the flamboyant, high-powered San Diego attorney who's made a mint representing investors in class-action suits against many of the nation's largest corporations.
Times had been tough for a while for Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other self-proclaimed civil-rights spokesmen.
The legal profession, unfortunately, does obsess over plagiarism complaints, a legacy of a nearly-forgotten Tin Pan Alley eccentric named Ira Arnstein. During the mid-1930s, Arnstein had become convinced that major pop songwriters, including Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, had been ripping off his work. During 1936-46 he brought forth not less than five plagiarism lawsuits.
That labor unions have become champions of the right of illegal immigrants to remain in this country is hardly news. Back in 2000, the AFL-CIO, pushed by its president, John Sweeney, issued a statement supporting unconditional amnesty for illegal workers and their families.
For most of this decade the Left has been riding a wave of popular discontent over highly-publicized corporate corruption, rarely wasting an opportunity to point out scandals at Enron, Tyco, WorldCom and other major companies. That more than once their officials have been carted away to federal prison confirms the progressives' conviction that capitalism desperately needs moral therapy
If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, then corporate diversity training has to rank as one of the nastiest as well as newest. And it's considerably less honest. At least with a prostitute, a customer usually knows what he's getting in advance. A diversity trainer, on the other hand, is full of surprises -- at least for unsuspecting white employees. And they're not very pleasant surprises at that.
Enforceable property rights are the basis of any functioning market economy. Manufacturers and sellers, whether of appliances, books, clothing, software, films or prescription drugs, must have confidence that their merchandise won't be stolen outright or subject to unauthorized copying. The latter possibility is the reason for patent and copyright laws.
Amusement parks for more than a century have been part of our national identity. They're fun, romantic, and more than once have inspired great rock n' roll; think of the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and Freddie Cannon. For a long time, Chuck Berry ran his own park. Such thoughts seem to recur around this time of year, as amusement parks from coast to coast open their gates. By summer's end, tens of millions of American adults, teens and kids will have had a great time. Cool fun translates into cold cash, and not just in the U.S. Annual amusement/water park revenues worldwide now exceed $20 billion.
Nobody has ever accused government of lacking imagination when it comes to raising revenue. And flying under the radar screen for nearly a year has been a pending federal rule change whose effect will be to lighten the wallets of certain smokers.
For nearly four years a worldwide network of Leftist activists has been trying to blacken the name of The Coca-Cola Company.
Few things grate against one's sensibilities than the image of someone getting something for nothing. Unless it's a gift, "theft" is a word that often comes to mind.
What if restaurants throughout this country were too scared of a lawsuit to sell foods deemed fattening?
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