Unions and Corporations
So I support unions, even government unions, because in the system we have there is no reason not to support unions. We accept all sorts of economic distortions. Corporations are legal entities, sanctioned by the state. Why should we be any less sanguine about unions than about corporations? Corporations pool capital and resources, unions pool labor. What’s the difference?
It’s the cronyism and protectionism that irks me, and any institution – union, corporation, non-profit – can have a hand in that. So our critique should be broad enough to not set unions up as some sort of anomaly.
We should also be wary of unions the same way we’re wary of corporations. Power is power after all. I think we can be critical of unions and still support them, much as we can be critical of corporations and still basically believe that corporations have a role to play in the economy.
We should support the reform of unions and corporations as well, working to transform them into more fluid entities. A highly decentralized economy is a good thing, but it requires change. Progress even. It probably also requires something like single-payer health insurance because right now we’re all slaves to our employer-provided healthcare.
And hell, union members are also sort of bound to their union-negotiated healthcare. And we could probably move to single payer and still run a cheaper, more efficient healthcare system. So everybody wins!