The ever clueless McMegan on Wisconsin unions:
There’s just one problem with this: if the union hasn’t managed to secure anything in the way of extra wages, benefits, or other concessions for the workers–if it is really true that all these things are close to the minimum required simply to attract workers–then who cares whether the union survives or not? What “power” is being taken away?
Gee, I wonder why people in a union might want to have the ability to bargain collectively even if they’re not asking for wage increases this very moment? Republican politicians have never shown any hostility to public workers; conservatives never have sexual fantasies about forcing teachers to “absorb the pain”.
While we’re at it, I wonder why African-Americans felt they had to form groups like the NAACP and the SNCC to fight for civil rights. Couldn’t they just have argued — calmly, civilly, seriously — as individuals? Assuming Hayekian principles, shouldn’t the free market have taken care of all of that?