Wonderful post on unions by Joe Bageant today. The taste below contains a quote the one about one man, one vote that was new to me. The unnamed speaker had nothing to worry about. In two short years the Supreme Court would solve his problem by ruling in Buckley v. Valeo that money was the functional equivalent of votes: the more of the former you had, the more of the latter you could buy.
If a few pricks and gangsters have occasionally seized power over the dignity of labor, countless more calculating, bloodless and malevolent pricks the capitalist elites have always held most of the cards Gould could sneer, I can always hire one half of the working class to kill the other half. And why a speaker at the U.S. Business Conference Board in 1974 could arrogantly declare, One man, one vote has undermined the power of business in all capitalist countries since World War II. And why that same year Business Week magazine said, It will be a hard pill for many Americans to swallow the idea of doing with less so that big business can have more. Nothing in modern economic history compares with the selling job that must now be done to make people accept this new reality.