The Conservatives Are Coming!

December 20, 2012

The ink on the reports of the election results has barely dried and conservatives have already rolled out the first big post-election victory — by enacting a so called “right to work” law in, of all places, Michigan. Previously, the labor unions that were defeated — in the 23 states with right to work laws, in addition to the defeats in Ohio and Wisconsin — included mainly select public sector employees. In Michigan, the labor unions of private sector employees, including the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and Teamsters, were also set back. And this is in the state in which the UAW was born, a state long known as one in which the labor movement is particularly strong. In Ohio and Wisconsin, the defeats came after huge and prolonged demonstrations. In Michigan, the labor unions were unable to mount a similarly prolonged protest.

Gun-Free Homes and Communities

December 18, 2012

We should not wait for our elected officials, in President Obama's good words, "to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics." We should do our share. One way to proceed is to mark our homes, apartments and condos, with a "gun free" sign. Parents should notify their friends that they would be reluctant to send their child over for a play date unless the home was safe from guns. Residential communities should pass rules that ban bringing guns onto their premises, clearly marking them as gun free.

Capitalism: a Terminal Case?

May 10, 1976

“Capitalism: a Terminal Case?” Chronicle of Higher Education XII, No. 11 (May 10, 1976), p. 20. (Robert L. Heilbroner, Business Civilization in Decline.)