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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: The Holiday Oddly Called “Labor Day”

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 3, 2018

Labor is a necessary part of the equation and yes, unions were started for a reason but…
What advances man beyond the stage of a land-labor existence is when capital and entrepreneurship are added to the equation especially when capitalists and entrepreneurs are allowed to operate freely in a complete laissez-faire environment.

In other words – It takes a village.

Just try not to think where the phrase came from.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/09/the-holiday-oddly-called-labor-day.html#more

By Robert Wenzel

You have to give it to socialists, lefties and interventionists in general, they are pretty slick when it comes to naming key elements of their movement.

Take for example the word socialism, what the hell exactly is social about socialism?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes in its definition of social:

marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates

living and breeding in more or less organized communities especially for the purposes of cooperation and mutual benefit

None of this has anything to do with socialism. Socialism is about authoritarianism. The control of some over others. It is not about mutual benefit. It is about required action determined by authorities, backed up by force—since it is so distant from mutual benefit. If it was about mutual benefit, coercion wouldn’t be involved.

Socialism is many things but it is not “pleasant companionship” if the way you desire to act is in conflict with socialist leaders’ demands.

Then, of course, there is the word, progressive, used by interventionists who favor putting limitations on free markets and the accompanying advances. It is in fact regressive.

This brings me to today’s holiday here in the United States and Canada, Labor Day, which was created by anti-labor group leaders, that is, union leaders…

But unions are not pro-labor. They are protection rackets set up to protect some laborers at the expense of the general labor market. Minimum wage demands, licensing demands are just two well known anti-labor demands of unions that prevent the general laborer from competing against those protected. And, of course, those “protected” generally have no say in whether they want to be “protected” and have no ability to opt out of the protection fee, that is, union dues–so union leaders are also running a shakedown racket.

Further, it is an odd thing to celebrate labor on its own. It is not much different than celebrating water by only celebrating hydrogen and forgetting the equation is H2O.

It is implying that labor plays a key role in the advancement of the standard of living, when in fact it plays a necessary but subservient role in the standard of living advancement.

Even a lone man on an island, Robinson Crusoe, must labor for food.

Labor is thus not heroic but a necessity for survival.

What advances man beyond the stage of a land-labor existence is when capital and entrepreneurship are added to the equation especially when capitalists and entrepreneurs are allowed to operate freely in a complete laissez-faire environment.

But the scam wouldn’t work for unions if there was a day celebrating capitalists and entrepreneurs. And so we get the clever honoring of  “labor.”  Where union men march in parades “celebrating” labor, labor that their very union bosses attempt to block for those outside the protected unions. Clever.

For the general masses, Labor Day is mostly a day of hot dogs, hamburgers and cookouts marking the rapid end to summer. With few realizing that it was the acts of capitalists and entrepreneurs that made the hot dogs, hamburgers and charcoal so readily available so that one can rest from labor.

Without capitalists and entrepreneurs, today would be a day just like any other of scrounging for food.

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I am not a number. I am a free man!-Number 6

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