The Libertarian Dream – Coal Miners Forced To Work For Free By Corporate Masterson August 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm
A spokesman for the Century Coal Mine denied that the miners were coerced to attend, saying it was voluntary, but they did not deny that they weren’t paid…
Is this sort of coercion legal? According to a recent ruling by the Federal Election Commission, yes. The commission has determined that a boss, whether corporate or union, has the right to force their employees to campaign and even contribute to political candidates, whether or not they plan on voting for them.
Except that dozens of workers anonymously tipped of the media that it was, indeed, mandatory. This is the Libertarian wet dream: absolute “freedom” for corporations to control their workers. You will campaign for the CEO’s chosen candidate or you will be fired. And you’ll do it for free! Keep in mind, this is the basis of the conservative objection to unions, that they use their members’ funds to politic for people some of the members might not like. BREAK THE UNIONS!
Now that the FEC has made it legal to coerce workers to use their own personal time and money to support a candidate, do you suppose the right will complain? HELL NO! This IS the “freedom” they’re always talking about. The freedom to be utterly beholden to your corporate master.
I can’t wait for this to reach the Supreme Court and listen to Fox News tell people how corporations have the right to dictate your personal life.