Sure, Bigwigs Want Labor Rights—But Only for Themselves

Source: David Sirota, In These Times, April 24, 2014

What do Apple, the NCAA and Tennessee Republicans all have in common? …

….Taken together, the argument seems to be that the rich and politically powerful should be permitted to collude to preserve their wealth and power. Meanwhile, the less rich and less politically powerful must be prevented from exercising their most basic rights to collective action.

The problems with such a twisted ideology should be obvious. For one thing, there’s the sheer hypocrisy of insinuating that the ruling class has a right to stand in solidarity with each other, but everyone else should be prevented from exercising similar rights. Additionally, the argument posits that the real problem in an America plagued by economic inequality is that workers have too much power and the ruling class has too little—not vice versa.

But perhaps worst of all is what all this says about the most basic notions of how our market economy now operates. ….