labor and unions

Mad as Hell

In 1848, The Communist Manifesto produced the political slogan, “Workers of the World, Unite!” Unfortunately for labor unions, especially in the United States, these few words connected the dynamic existence of labor with the ultimate bogeyman of communism, a connotation… Read More ›

Attitude and Metatude

Generally, attitude is taken to mean a settled way of thinking or outlook. Scientific inquiry requires an attitude that embodies elements of careful judgment, open-mindedness, critical mindedness, and curiosity to limit personal bias in the inquiry. On occasion, attitude may… Read More ›

Who’s On First, Virginia?

In 1938, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello created the iconic dialogue referencing baseball in which Bud announces that he would be joining the Yankees as manager. Invited to New York to be part of the team, Lou inquires about the… Read More ›

Amazon, My Amazon

Often despite dedicated efforts to the contrary, our nation collapses under its own dynamics, forgetting the lessons of history and the laws and policies that previous events have taught us. In A History of American Law (by Lawrence M. Friedman),… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

POUND, VA, POLICE DEPOUNDED Pound, Virginia. Surely you’ve heard of it. Located in Wise County, in far southwest Virginia on the West Virginia border, it consists of 2.6 square miles (that’s two point six, not twenty-six) and has a population… Read More ›

Labor’s Love Lost

Editors’ Note: Reposted from Mother Jones, May 10, 2021.  Voters often face issue choices that are complex and threaded across many years.  This synopsis of the history of organized labor in the US provides a comprehensive sketch of the topic…. Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LEESBURG, LOUDOUN JOIN TO ALLOW PUBLIC UNIONS The Loudoun County government voted to write an ordinance enabling collective bargaining among some county employees. Collective bargaining for state employees remains forbidden under the 1977 ban; the new law permits localities to… Read More ›

Electrifying America Like the New Deal

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, May 1, 2021. Expenditures by the federal government are not necessarily expenses qua expenses but, rather, are often investments in the nation’s future prosperity, particularly those dedicated to children, families, education. Social Security… Read More ›