(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Where are those darn libertarians when you need one? The NYT has another report on the Bush administration's interference with labor relations on the docks, through threats to prohibit a strike. The other day, I asked some of the web's well-known libertarian-leaning legal minds to weigh in on this, because it is both a threat to individual liberty and an intrusion into the freedom of a marketplace. I know that those folks don't exist in order to respond to my calls for comment -- but this is certainly a major economic story and places the pro-corporate wing of the Republican party squarely at odds with the party's sometime libertarian stance. So far, silence from those quarters. Apparently, guns are more important (philosophically, symbolically, or otherwise) to many libertarians than the right of American workers to join together with their like-minded colleagues in saying "I won't work for those wages".

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