Here’s Ronald Reagan, the “patron saint” of today’s conservative movement, sharing his thoughts on the importance of labor unions and collective bargaining in free societies.


6 Responses to Ronald Reagan: “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost”

  1. John Casper says:

    Great catch. Charlie Sykes, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, and the rest of the wingnuts will not be happy.

  2. Duane12 says:

    OMG…A Republican canonized conservative who supports unions, collective bargaining, and tax increases?

    • I know, right?

      Nowadays Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be able to get elected dogcatcher as a Republican, given how radically to the right the Republican Party has veered over the past 20 years.

  3. CJ McD says:

    Here’s an interesting read and maybe inspiration for one of your upcoming articles. It would be nice to hammer it home for not only Ryan but all the Republicans.

    A snippet: ” Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word—i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor (which, philosophically, is as untenable a position as one could choose—see Fred Kinnan in Atlas Shrugged, pp. 541-2). This description applies in various degrees to most Republican politicians, but most of them preserve some respect for the rights of the individual. Mr. Reagan does not.”

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