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Mailbag: Stop attacking the labor unions

September 04, 2012

Re. "Commentary: Tactics from the union playbook stay the same," (Aug. 29):

An odd incident that may or may not have any connection whatsoever to any labor union is being hyped to promote an insidious antiunion agenda.

Even if one were to accept, however ludicrous the accusation, that this was some kind of stunt (no crime has been alleged, as yet) being pulled off by the Costa Mesa Police Assn., does it justify vilifying all labor unions and the entire union movement?

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Did the criminal plunder of billions of dollars at Enron justify demonizing and/or abolishing the entire free market system?

Did the Bernie Madoff scandal make a case for the inherent corruption in a system based solely on the exploitation of human greed?

We, as a nation, and as a society, are facing a very serious economic future. The free market (or a semblance thereof) under a democratic form of government (corrupted by the influence of dirty money) created this problem.

Democrats and Republicans are equally responsible for the current situation. It is convenient to blame the "politicians" for this mess, when "we the people" put them in charge.

It takes some gall to blame the entire debacle solely on labor unions. Our economy thrived in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, driven by the purchasing power of a strong middle class, when one-third of all labor was union labor.

Today, less than one-tenth of all labor is union labor, and the attendant is a vanishing middle class. Yet labor unions have become convenient whipping boys of those who would like to see them abolished for their own self-serving reasons.

Labor, without a bargaining clout through organizing, turns human beings into marketable commodities. It hearkens back to the ugly days of landlords and serfs.

Unfettered capital with fealty to none and easily portable across national boundaries needs the counterweight of organized labor for a free market and a free nation to thrive.

Unfortunately, Mr. Morello and the current Republican leadership are stuck in the morass of an Ayn Randian atheistic philosophy of social Darwinism. Their intellectual dishonesty forms a nice bookend to their moral bankruptcy.

Jamshed Dastur

Newport Beach

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