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Right-to-Work Laws Are Not Inspired By Hitler
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2013 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 01/04/2013 5:53:33 AM PST by MichCapCon

LANSING — While at the union right-to-work protests this past month, there was no shortage of references in signs and chants to Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican legislators as “Hitler” or “Nazis.”

Comparing political opponents to one of the world’s greatest monsters is nothing new, and in fact so common that there is a logical fallacy named for it: Reductio ad Hitlerum — “trying to refute an opponent's view by comparing it to a view that would be held by Adolf Hitler or the Nazi Party … a tactic often used to derail arguments because such comparisons tend to distract and anger the opponent.”

The analogy is strange: Is allowing workers the right to choose whether to financially support a political organization to keep a job really a Nazi act? The absurdity stretches further when you realize that this has become a legitimate talking point of some teachers and union leaders:

Chippewa Valley Education Association President Maryanne Levine draws a parallel between Lansing’s actions and those advocated by one of history’s most infamous figures.

“We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike," Levine quoted. "Those were the words of Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933."

“These are strong words, but that is exactly what they are doing and the path they seem to be taking (in Lansing),” she added.

Strong words of nonsense.

The Nazis were the National Socialist Party — a belief system composed of many things, but an economic policy that was mostly indistinguishable from other socialists of the day. Nazis, as with other socialists, believed in government as an absolute authority (at least when they were in charge). Since the state was to have government ownership of production, at the same time setting work rules and compensation, why would Hitler and the party want to negotiate with workers?

With that consideration, it should not be surprising that the party set out to break unions: Unions at the time were voluntary associations of people who attempted to negotiate with a company. Those companies were under ownership of the government or in a close corporate-government alliance. Hitler did not go after unions because he was a capitalist — he went after unions because he believed in government as the true dictator of jobs and compensation.

This fight from the left is still happening to this day. Consider: The World Socialist Website, published by the leading socialist group in the world, condemned the attempted union constitutional amendment Proposal 2 as “skullduggery.”

[The coalition of union’s] entire position — financial, political, social — is based on the suppression of the class struggle and their collusion in wage cutting and layoffs. Proposal 2 embodies the anti-working class character of the organizations they lead. The unions are today — not only in the US, but internationally — direct participants and shareholders in the process of capitalist exploitation of the working class.

In response to right-to-work laws, the WSW urges members to disavow the current union structure and “fight for the full industrial and political mobilization of the working class.”

Those who support worker freedom should not be against “unions,” which is simply a word describing two or more people coming together for a cause. We wholeheartedly support voluntary associations of people coming together in the workplace or elsewhere; this is a Constitutional and moral right.

In fact, in what might be described as the world’s first “think tank,” the English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson brought together 12 men in 1787 to map out a way to end the slave trade. With the help of William Wilberforce, this voluntary association fighting for what they believed in was successful.

And in the 1980s, Lech Walesa lead Solidarity — a trade union that rose up against the Communists planted in Poland by the Soviet Union. The group formed to counter the communist government by arranging strikes and generally usurping state power.

But opponents of right-to-work legislation are not arguing for the freedom of association with people; they are arguing for a government-imposed structure in which the state allows groups of employees to compel other groups of employees to pay dues money to a political organization.

Advocating against this use of force and in favor of true worker choice in who they want to represent them is a step toward greater freedom.

TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: righttowork

1 posted on 01/04/2013 5:53:47 AM PST by MichCapCon
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2 posted on 01/04/2013 5:57:00 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
All Hitler did was break up the individual trade and labor unions and bring them together under one umbrella called the German Labor Front.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.

I think that I have already answered the first question adequately. In the present state of affairs I am convinced that we cannot possibly dispense with the trades unions. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions in the economic life of the nation. Not only are they important in the sphere of social policy but also, and even more so, in the national political sphere. For when the great masses of a nation see their vital needs satisfied through a just trade unionist movement the stamina of the whole nation in its struggle for existence will be enormously reinforced thereby.

Hitler, Mein Kampf

Before everything else, the trades unions are necessary as building stones for the future economic parliament, which will be made up of chambers representing the various professions and occupations.

Hitler, Mein Kampf

Workers of all lands, unite - to smash the rule of English capitalism! You young upward-striving nations of the earth, combine to annihilate the old English dragon who blocks the treasures of the earth and withholds from you the riches of the world.

Robert Ley, German Labor Front leader (Hitler's Trumpka)
3 posted on 01/04/2013 6:02:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon
Right-to-Work Laws Are Not Inspired By Hitler

No. But gun control laws are.

4 posted on 01/04/2013 6:05:54 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s so ironic that the union thugs that utilize brownshirt tactics against those who disagree with them, would then call those same opponents “Nazis”.

5 posted on 01/04/2013 6:08:25 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: MichCapCon
Come on Mr. Skorup.. know that the Union people yelling these things are ignoramus's. Uneducated louts who are so ignorant of world events and political history that whenever they think that there is some kind of sinister tyranny going on, the ONLY group that they can think of is Nazis. They are only parroting what they have heard...

...but if you asked them the score of a Detroit Tigers baseball game in 1955 and who the pitcher was, they could rattle off that worthless info in a second.

...low info voters who re-elected President Zer0....may God have mercy on their souls...(I wouldn't)

6 posted on 01/04/2013 6:55:05 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Elections have consequences....)
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The Nazis were the National Socialist Party...

Wrong!!! Gosh, did this writer get it wrong!

The actual name was: The National Socialist German Workers' Party, or, or German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known in English as the Nazi Party.

Arbeiter means Workers'... The Nazi's WERE a union!

7 posted on 01/04/2013 6:56:21 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (DAF)

Its why my grandfather came home from the war so vehemently anti union.

8 posted on 01/04/2013 7:04:18 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ILS21R
Levine quoted

Actually "Levine invented" would be more accurate.

9 posted on 01/04/2013 7:05:13 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Alas Babylon!
DAF membership was theoretically voluntary, but any workers in any area of German commerce or industry would have found it hard to get a job without being a member.
10 posted on 01/04/2013 7:07:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Labor Front insignia is strangely reminiscent of some union logos today.

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11 posted on 01/04/2013 7:12:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

“That Man” in 2013 = Hitler in 1933.

12 posted on 01/04/2013 7:50:12 AM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: cripplecreek
Did you know they even had their own uniforms?

When I was in East Berlin in 1990, right after the Wall fell, I bought a bunch of DAF, KDP and DDR Arbeiter stuff. Mostly badges, medals and trinkets of various kinds. I did trade my Air Force flight cap for a Soviet garrison cap from a Russian soldier at the same place. Got several pieces of the Wall, too.

13 posted on 01/04/2013 9:33:09 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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