Friday, March 25, 2011

'Collective bargaining turns teachers into teamsters'

There's a must-read article ("Less Perfect Unions") by Peter Brimelow in the current issue of The American Conservative. "Collective bargaining turns teachers into teamsters," he says.

Brimelow points out that teacher unions are a monopoly on top of a monopoly on top of a monopoly, and argues that public-sector unions, unthinkable even to the likes of George Meany and FDR, "are simply not a sustainable life form."
Eventually, the rest of society figures out that it’s being attacked by a rent-seeking parasite and does something about it. ... The Teacher Trust is ultimately defending a system that cannot work: the socialized provision of education. The Soviet Union had the same problem. And absolutely no one expected it to collapse—but it did.

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