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The Supreme Court’s Supremely Inconsistent Same Day Decisions

Let me get this right.

An association of people with an elected leadership with no direct authority over its members whose primary purpose (which its members get to vote on) is to benefit its members, is so potentially oppressive to its members that they have the right to not pay the association for any its benefits (like more than doubling their wages in the last 12 years even as the association is required by law to provide these benefits to them.

However, an association of people with unelected ownership-based leadership (some would say “class power”) that has direct authority over its members (in the sense that it can tell them – with some broad legal limits – what to do for 40 hours week, see for example : Economic Democracy by Robin Archer) whose primary purpose (in the U.S.) is to benefit its owner/leaders so that it is directly commanding its members to do things not in their interest but in the interest of the owner/leaders, has no oppressive power over its members but quite the opposite. The leader/owners of this association will be “oppressed” if they have to not discriminate in benefits that they are legally required to offer to their members.

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CPEG’s Ron Baiman: Forget About “Right to Work” (without Paying), We Need “Right to Get Paid” (without Working) Laws!

Finally we’re starting to get serious about individual liberty by passing these new “Right to Work without Paying” (union dues or contract service fees) laws that brush aside those liberal elitist and academic arguments about “free riding” with their “prisoner’s dilemma” demonstrations of the limits of markets and individual choices and the benefits of binding social choices. I mean these people make the same kind of arguments about gun control, nuclear weapons and waste proliferation, global warming, aquifer depletion, excessive use of anti-biotics and over-fishing, and even urban planning, economic inequality, and sustainable macroeconomic prosperity, claiming that all these problems require binding social agreements. But surely personal liberty is more important than these debatable and abstract concerns, and I think it’s time that we really got serious about economic infringements on personal choices!

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