There is a parallel between America's unions and Europe's medieval guilds. In each case, the original quest to maintain artisanal standards became corrupted so that unionization became the excuse to exploit workers and enrich the Don Corleones at the top, while denying to the general public satisfactory goods. A recipe for disaster. Take an afternoon off and listen to Wagner's "Die Meistersinger." What an opera public unions would make, now in the age of noise and dissonance!