Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Union Goon Day

-Thomas DiLorenzo
According to the Web site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, “Labor Day” became a national holiday in 1894 in order to celebrate “the union movement.”  Not workers, or the work that they have done, or the wealth and prosperity they helped American capitalists to create.  By “the movement” is meant, specifically, union bosses, the political impetus behind the creation of labor day in the first place.  They sought and got a national holiday to celebrate themselves.  So, in the spirit of American unionism, go ahead out and celebrate by setting off a “nail bomb” in the parking lot of a non-union construction site; sabotage the non-union oil refinery in the area; vandalize all the cars of the “scab” workers at the local non-union grocery store; threaten to rape the wives and girlfriends of the hated “scabs”; or maybe just go out with your union brothers and beat the living daylights out of a random non-union “rat” or “scab.”

-Tom Woods
On Labor Day, Celebrate Capital

Labor union activity is not responsible for the increase in living standards among American workers, who surpassed European workers in living standards at a time when European workers were far more heavily unionized. To the contrary, it was capital accumulation, which made possible greater production and therefore goods whose prices fell relative to wages, that made possible the miracles we observe today. Without capital accumulation, there would have been no wealth to satisfy union demands even if monopolistic labor agencies were a good idea.

I explain this point further in my 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, as well as in this video: