Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Union Mobocracy

If you only read one thing today, make it this: Public Unions & the Socialist Utopia
But there is something deeper here than just favor-selling and vote-buying. There is something that almost amounts to a twisted idealism in the Democrats' crusade. They are fighting, not just to preserve their special privileges, but to preserve a social ideal. Or rather, they are fighting to maintain the illusion that their ideal system is benevolent and sustainable.

Unionized public-sector employment is the distilled essence of the left's moral ideal. No one has to worry about making a profit. Generous health-care and retirement benefits are provided to everyone by the government. Comfortable pay is mandated by legislative fiat. The work rules are militantly egalitarian: pay, promotion, and job security are almost totally independent of actual job performance. And because everyone works for the government, they never have to worry that their employer will go out of business.

In short, public employment is an idealized socialist economy in miniature, including its political aspect: the grateful recipients of government largesse provide money and organizational support to re-elect the politicians who shower them with all of these benefits.
The rub, as they say, is that it is not a self-sustaining system.
But the socialist utopia of public employment has crossed the Thatcher Line: the point at which, as the Iron Lady used to warn, you run out of other people's money.

Mark Steyn's take: States of the Unions
That's what "collective bargaining" is about: It enables unions rather than citizens to set the price of government. It is, thus, a direct assault on republican democracy, and it needs to be destroyed. Unlovely as they are, the Greek rioters and the snarling thugs of Madison are the logical end point of the advanced social democratic state: not an oppressed underclass, but a spoiled overclass, rioting in defense of its privileges and insisting on more subsidy, more benefits, more featherbedding, more government.

Big Unions fund Big Government. The union slices off two per cent of the workers’ pay and sluices it to the Democratic Party, which uses it to grow government, which also grows unions, which thereby grows the number of two-per-cent contributions, which thereby grows the Democratic Party, which thereby grows government… Repeat until bankruptcy. Or bailout.

And Neal Boortz:
When I think of America and the founding principles of this country, "collective bargaining" doesn't cross my mind. Thoughts of freedom, individual liberty, personal responsibility and property rights do. Do you know who might think that collective bargaining is at the core of American democracy? A collectivist, that's who. Someone who looks at people as members of a specific group, rather than as sovereign individuals. Someone who believes in group rights, as opposed to individual rights. Someone who believes that the rights of the individual must be subjugated to the rights of the mob.

And Glenn Beck puts it all together:

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