Friday, March 7, 2014

Legal goons

There are two arenas of American life where goons are given wide latitude to ply their trade without fear of legal repercussions: the National Hockey League and union organizing. As Alec Torres outlines,
Labor organizers and union enforcers are exempt from important criminal laws in some of the country’s largest states. California, Illinois, and Wisconsin are among the states that allow union members to stalk, harass, and threaten victims — so long as they are putatively doing “legitimate” union business.
Now, reasonable people can disagree about the benefits of unions, but is it reasonable to allow thuggery in the name of one side of a reasonable disagreement?