Are labor laws fair? This question was raised at a recent forum of college students and was answered by our Law Prof, who said: “Yes because most of the things that are fair to the person who is making the rules are fair to everyone. So this is how it works.” In other words, if the current rules and regulations are fair to you, so are the new ones.
Now then, I asked a related question; “if we are all equal and social justice is in effect here, what does that mean in regard to fair labor and employment practices? How fair or unfair are these practices? Is the general rule, are labor and employment laws fair, and are labor laws fair? or should they be fair?”
Again, my Law Prof stated: “So, what is it? Should it be fair? Well, I would say yes, because we live in a democracy, and if we think that certain things should be unfair in our system of governance, then we need to look at the laws that govern us and say why are they unfair and why is it that a person is getting more than another person.
There are many things that we don’t agree with our system of governance, but that doesn’t mean we should change the underlying rules. We need to make sure that we continue to run this country fairly. That’s the purpose of those laws. If you want to keep our government fair, which I think we all do, then you should make sure that you get along with them and you don’t get into fights with them and that you work with them as a team.”
Now, after hearing his response and my co-panelists response, I would submit that there is a common-sense point to be made here. Most folks really don’t understand that in a democracy, the citizenry is the governing body, and they vote on all laws, and also do not have to live with the results of the laws that they pass. That is quite amazing to me.
So, I submit to you that in some ways, the question, “are labor and employment laws fair, and are social justice fair,” or “is labor and employment laws fair,” or “are social justice fair,” isn’t really a question at all, but a litmus test of sorts for the political class. It really shows the extent to which we have ceded our power over laws to the political class.
The reality is that these questions are becoming moot because people understand that the answer is both “yes”no” depending on which side of the issue you’re on, and it depends upon which group of special interest groups that you agree with. These groups do not care about your constitutional rights, or the fairness of your labor laws, or anything else that you care about.
The sociological data simply doesn’t support these claims that they make about their policy positions, and the fact that they cannot back up their social engineering agenda with facts is not a reason to lose faith in the American people. Rather, it is an opportunity to make them aware of the reality of the matter, and perhaps, once again, forcing them to reach a conclusion that is in their best interests.