To the Editor of ‘The Economist’

As one who tore the New Deal apart, I take exception to it coming out of the ‘Triangle Shirtwaist’ fire of 1911, as being “The Birth of the New Deal”.  But ‘A blaze that galvanized the labor movement”, it many have.  The fire was 24 years before the New Deal incorporated labor.  The New Deal was a Fabian Marxist-Socialist creation to socialize America.  In the days of the fire, labor was agitating for a payroll of their part of the ‘productivity of labor’, about one-third of the selling price of what they produced, which they attained during WWII.

It was FDR as President, signing the National Labor Relations Act, (The Wagner Act of 1935), that gave the hierarchy of the Trade Unions a monopoly over the workers; join, pay dues, or no jobs.  It still stands, and public-sector collective bargaining does not serve the workers, only the union hierarchy and public employees.  The law allowed the unions to amass so much money they actually bought the government; Presidents, Congress, Judges, Boards, & Committees.  That mentality invades those responsible for public-sector collective bargaining at the taxpayers expense, which the employee’s entitlements are now bankrupting the cities, counties, and states.

There is a solution.  Undo the Wagner Act, the union’s monopoly, and allow the workers to form their own voluntary unions, as all organizations are.  The trade unions will probably become associations, serving the formed Company Unions, having better and more beneficial relations with management.  Wisconsin is a big step in that direction.  Frances Perkins should have, and Professor Lee Adler need to understand the Fabians dastardliness to America to understand the reasons for those times and the New Deal.

In summary:  The New Deal and labor’s hierarchy were wrong.  The workers’ fight for their share of productivity was justified — and would have been settled after WWII.  Instead labor became counterproductive and self-destructive!

Toby Elster


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