Re: Unions (was Re: Will aircars destroy the auto industry)

Date: Sun Apr 30 2000 - 13:21:41 MDT

Speaking of unions . . . My views on unions have evolved considerably over
the last few years as I've become more and more libertarian in my political
philosophy. I don't see why people shouldn't be able to band together into
collective bargaining arrangements or why a union shouldn't be able to make a
contract with a company that forbids the hiring of non-union employees. Of
course, state sanctioning shouldn't be tolerated, but I can see unions doing
a lot of good in a more libertarian world, especially in taking over and
decentralizing many of the functions of the state social welfare function.
Many of the things that anarcho-capitalist theorists see as being provided by
privately-produced law agencies would be more effective if coupled with
social welfare unions that also had some economic functions such as
collective bargaining. Individuals would have to have the freedom to enter
and leave unions (with some costs imposed, I'm sure). I wonder what others
think of such ideas?

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