It is only on the basis of property rights that the sphere and application of individual rights can be defined in any given social situation. Without property rights, there is no way to solve or to avoid a hopeless chaos of clashing views, interests, demands, desires, and whims. Ayn Rand.
Some time ago, union bosses, who purported a desire to help people, fell off the train, bumped their heads, and woke up on a mission to eliminate individual rights. It’s hard to say when they fell off that train. It might have been sometime after Samuel Gompers died in the late 1920s, or when the Reds infiltrated the unions in the 1930s, or when John Sweeney took over the AFL-CIO in 1996, or it could have been just a long, slow slog to the bottom of the tracks. Whatever the case, the proof is in: Today’s union bosses absolutely, without-a-doubt, abhor individual rights.
Today, goons from the SEIU are in Washington taking over a Bank of America lobby (pictured at right). This follows the weekend union takeover of a lobbyist’s private property (his front yard) in the name of protesting for “financial reform.”
Of course, unions have long believed that employers should have limited (or NO) property rights when it comes to union organizing. After all, a job is a right and therefore the workers’ right to a job trumps an employer’s right to his property. However, to believe that the right to trespass onto an individual’s private property takes this collectivist philosophy to breathtakingly new levels.
If the taking of a individual’s private property (whether it be temporary or permanent) is put into the capricious will of whatever astroturf gang comes along that day (be it a union or the Klu Klux Klan), then no individual rights are safe from the tyranny of the masses, including the right to one’s life.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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