Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

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The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Molly Riley/Reuters)

Organized Labor vs. Fundamental Rights

Robert VerBruggen did an excellent job in a short space of demonstrating the egregious flaws in the National Labor Relations Act (“National Labor Relations Bias,” August 1). I have long regarded this as one of the most vicious, authoritarian, and unconstitutional pieces of special-interest legislation ever passed. The article exposes its key defects, but there are many more.

Had it not been for FDR’s court-packing threat in late 1936, the Supreme Court would certainly have struck down the NLRA, just as it had other New Deal policies that exceeded the powers of Congress. Not only does the

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