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The Essence of Democracy


Publication Date: 
February 19, 2011
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Bibliography: William B. Gould IV, The Essence of Democracy, Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News, New York Times, February 19, 2011.


As the United States has argued for South Africa, Poland and now Egypt, unions are a basic part of democratic society. Yet that is the principle under attack by Governor Walker in Wisconsin now.

It is downright obscene to strip workers of unions while deficit-expanding tax breaks to the rich are being handed out as they are in Wisconsin.

It is hardly coincidental that the governor, like other Republicans, has launched an assault on collective bargaining, a process which is part of the fundamental rights supported by the International Labor Organization of which we are a member -- and deeply rooted in our public policy ever since the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.