I saw it firsthand: When people don’t need to pay to get union benefits, they don’t pay. And then the union loses its power to win those benefits….On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a split 4-4 ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association that, by default, affirms a lower court ruling that public-sector unions have the right to collect dues from all employees they represent. Were Justice Scalia alive and well, that right would surely have died.
In America’s 26 right-to-work states, unions, once able to collect dues from all workers for whom they negotiate, collect dues only from members who agree to pay them—meaning there’s no price at all to enjoying the benefits of a union contract. Freeloaders, hop on! Benefits become giveaways arranged by an Oprah-like union—You get affordable health insurance! And you get yearly raises! And you get holiday bonuses!—all available without contributing a penny to the organization responsible for negotiating to win them and fighting to protect them.
Belling the Cat is a fable also known under the titles The Bell and the Cat and The Mice in Council. Although often attributed to Aesop, it was not recorded before …
Some other examples:
- Digging a path in a snowdrift
- Picking up litter
- National Defense
- Beta-lactamase Enzyme for degrading antibiotics
- Monkey predator alarm calls
- Health Inspector
- Immunization (Herd Immunity)
“Today’s most successful religions have one thing in common: moralizing gods that care about how people treat one another and will punish those who are selfish and cruel. But for most of human history, these “big gods” were the exception. If today’s hunter-gatherers are any guide, for thousands of years our ancestors conceived of deities as utterly indifferent to the human realm, and to whether we behaved well or badly… once big gods and big societies existed, their moralizing deities helped religions as dissimilar as Islam and Mormonism to spread by making groups of the faithful more cooperative and therefore more successful.”