Divided They Fall  

After living to survive, workers face a new threat in their pursuit to earn a living. The threat comes from activists with an aversion to labor and a passion for chaos. The threat comes from those who want to gain the whole world, and profit at the expense of nonprofits. The threat comes from keyboard revolutionaries demanding concessions, whose chief demand is absolute power.

What should impress us to act are the moral and economic consequences of a false peace, where unionism dies from those who spread it. What should impress us to act is the impressment of workers—by the forces of injustice, for the perpetuation of injustice, in the name of social justice.

Should we fail to act, the lasting impression will be one of acquiescence on the cheap. Should we cheapen the value of labor, we will betray the principle of solidarity in the defense of freedom and faith in the principles of Solidarity. Should we do nothing, we will allow threats to be like enemy tanks: crushing the good and cowing the brave until the dignity of work dies beneath the reality of wage slavery; until all bonds of affection become a single chain of misery.

Defending unionism does not, however, exempt labor unions from criticism. Not when big labor is too big to fix its own failings. Not when bigness corrupts laws, language, culture, institutions, and religion. Not when bigness undermines the ability of the American people to do business: forming voluntary associations for the betterment of knowledge or industry or humanity, from learned societies to societies of trade to soldiers, officers, and adherents of salvation.

It is the newcomer, the agitator, who worsens the problem of bigness. It is carelessness that prolongs this problem; it is enablement that deepens this problem; it is entitlement that is the source of this problem, for the agitator seeks to smash what he cannot solve. It is the agitator who retreats into money, forcing other people to clean up his mess.

Other people are the others—the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the jobless. These people belong to no union save the community of conscience, whose members represent a variety of nonprofits, whose members share a common mission: to repair the commons.

Unionism would cause the commons to fall into further disrepair, turning a nation of many into many warring nations, turning the remnants of unity into the rags of permanent division.

Unionism would replace our flag with a series of battle flags, in a bloody shirt campaign of lies. The victims of such a campaign would bleed treasure or lives—or both—bankrupting themselves in court costs or dying from the cost of medical care.

Unionism of this sort is cruel and unjust, and anti-American too. How could it not be, when unionism contradicts the spirit of the constitution of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the soundness of the U.S. Constitution?

Reversing this contradiction is what we owe to America, in honor of America’s workers.


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About Bill Asher

Bill Asher is a writer and retired executive. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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