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CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 10 Lots of people make this claim without even thinking about the nature and source of rights. What are rights, and where do they come from? The progressive or interventionist view is that so long as legislation is adopted under the rules...
CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN President Obama often asserts that fairness requires everyone "to play by the same rules." He then calls for raising tax rates paid by "millionaires and billionaires," but no one else. Well, Mr. President, you cannot have it both ways. Logically, if we are to enjoy what...
CHARLES W. BAIRD, THE FREEMAN Government-sector collective bargaining is being challenged in many states. In response, government-employee unions (GEUs) are asserting that the human rights of government employees, including freedom of association, are under assault. But a correct understanding of human rights gives the lie to the unions’ self-serving jeremiads. In...
NLRB, Teamsters, and Senate gang up Charles W. Baird, The Freeman At the end of 2011 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), dominated by recess-appointed, pro-union members, voted to restrict severely the time that employers have to make their cases against unionization before representation elections. Opponents of the decision have called...
Charles W. Baird, The Freeman I have argued that forcing a worker to submit to the will of a majority of his colleagues on the question of whether a union will represent him is a violation of that worker’s freedom of association. Association with a union is rightly a matter...