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The Fall of the House of Labor

OldMexicanblog Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:55 AM
-- Unions are dying because, in America, economic patriotism is dead. -- And I say: Amen! Economic patriotism has nothing to do with sound economics. Those states that practice (or practiced) economic autarky are suffering from low productivity and high prices, or artificial scarcity: Egypt, North Korea, Myanmar, Cuba... the list goes on. The notion that a country needs protectionist policies stems entirely on bad economic knowledge: Only exports matter, free trade is bad. Resourceless countries or places like Hong Kong, Singapour, Japan, South Korea, etc. showed that free trade and productivity are the path to prosperity. For one, I am GLAD the union spectre is finally dissipating into the thin air forever.

In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor.

Knowland's plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was rejected 2 to 1. Knowland's career was over, and the Republicans were decimated nationally for backing right-to-work.

Badly burned, the party for years ran away from the issue.

This history makes what happened in Michigan, cradle of the United Auto Workers, astonishing. A GOP legislature passed and Gov....