Saturday, April 7, 2012

Moses: Labor Leader

Just in time for Passover and Easter, Sara Horowitz, writing from the Jewish tradition, has a great article over at The Atlantic interpreting the story of Exodus as "the first great moment in labor history." A very interesting read for people of all faiths.


  1. I was heartened recently when I heard some pundit or other describe trade unions as a 'sign of civilisation.'

    I can't remember who it was, or even if it was in Poland, the UK or the US, but the commentator in question was actually arguing against a strike from the pro-business point of view yet rather than glibly wish for the non-existence of all unions, as I have heard others do, he had the intelligence to recognise that the concept of trade unions is one of the cornerstones of western democracy.

    Of course, that is not to say that individual unions cannot be criticised. In the UK the big unions have been tainted, rightly or wrongly, by excessive militism and links with Communism. In the USA I think the unions' image problem could be summed up by 2 words: Jimmy Hoffa, although that is the view of an outsider who has watched too many gangster films.

    I hope you had a pleasant Easter, anyway.

  2. Hello Czarny Kot,

    Thank you for the comment. As an American, I can definitely say that our unions have been tainted by corruption, including the baleful influence of organized crime. U.S. labor uniosn were also quite rascist at point as well. However, I still support organized labor, even if certain labor organizations are compromised by corruption or other failings. I suppose it is a question of not throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

  3. I did have a nice Easter, thank you. I hope your Easter was nice as well.