Professor: Unions : Freedom :: Sunshine : Grass Growing

by Betsy Woodruff

Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian from UC Santa Barbara, told the Washington Post yesterday that without unions, we would basically be living in Soviet Russia or something. Quote:

So the question is, can you have a liberal, progressive America without unions? History says no. For 200 years the existence of the union movement has been wedded to the rise of democracy, to the rise of liberalism. We saw this here, in South Korea, in Spain, in Africa. But now America is moving toward an experiment with whether it can have liberalism without unions. I think the answer is no. But we’ll see.

Blast those gosh-durned Midwesterners, killing democracy and everything.

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