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Police Unions Defending the Indefensible, Daily

Conservative Ross Douthat acknowledges a nationwide problem: Last December, my colleague David Brooks noted that police unions are resisting change on every issue where police reform might be contemplated, from body cameras for officers to reversing the militarization of local law enforcement. But after the untimely death of Freddie Gray, no issue looms larger than…

Curbing the Power of Police Unions

Conservatives have often and loudly blasted the power of unions in America (a concern not shared by many libertarians). There’s a benefit of consistency, however, when conservatives blast the power of police unions, and are willing to take on that often-petulant lobby of the status quo. See, from National Review, It’s Time to Take On…

Public Police Union Fights to Keep Public Records from…the Public

In Chicago, it’s more like ‘to protect and self-serve’: The union representing Chicago’s police officers has sued the city itself and the Chicago Police Department to block decades of police misconduct records from being released, via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to Chicago’s two leading newspapers. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Fraternal Order…

The Libertarian Case for Organized Labor…

…from Herbert Spencer. As a balance of power: “Everywhere aggression begets resistance and counter-aggression; and in our present transitional state, semi-militant and semi-industrial, trespasses have to be kept in check by the fear of retaliatory trespasses.” Generations later, we’re still in that transitional state. There are other justifications, of course, but Spencer correctly sees that…

The Wisconsin Unions’ Doomed Primary Pick

Kathleen Falk, the choice of every Big Labor board in Wisconsin, received fewer than half the votes in a Democrats’ straw poll in her home base of Dane County. It’s hard to overestimate how telling this is: union leaders are sure she’s the best candidate to take on Walker, but even Democrats she knows aren’t…