It never ceases to amaze me the degree to which articles of faith, apparently not subject to scrutiny, dominate our political discourse. I have yet to hear anyone make a coherent rights argument in favor of unions, for example. There is no irony perceived in, on the one hand, arguing that collective bargaining is a fundamental right on the basis of freedom of association and then, on the other, arguing for a closed shop.
As I’ve written before I think that collective bargaining is a power that is useful and prudent to bestow under certain circumstances and that those circumstances are more relevant in the private sector than in the public sector. But that’s heresy for a lot of people.