- 25 Apr 2017 16:07
Socialists love to appeal to unions as the right way to govern the economy, but I seriously doubt many if any of them have actually worked in unions. I say this because unions engage in the same folk community common sense that traditional conservatives do when it comes to assigning shifts to workers as well as electing people within their ranks. They deliberately oversimplify how people organize so those who are approved of the most get the best opportunities to work. They get the most convenient times, they get the most hours, they get the least risky jobsites, and get the best wages. If you expect unions to confront this, they say you're overcomplicating the distribution of work, and need to be more considerate towards other workers' understanding, appreciation, and commitment towards figuring out who gets the chance to work.
In other words, union politics put procedural equality before substantial equality. They say some members of their ranks have to endure worse working conditions because other members are either too lazy or too incompetent to grasp what it would take for everyone to work in fair working conditions. The sense of fraternity that unions advocate is anything but what it seems to be.
In turn, we fall right back into the trap of traditionally conservative favoritism. The "ruling class" that socialists seek to overturn doesn't really disappear. It just changes face. The working class doesn't remain united. Instead, it follows a popularity contest. The most productive, constructive, and creative members of society still don't get what they deserve.