We often hear from our liberal friends how retrogressive conservatives want to restore an earlier American era, usually the 1950s, while far-sighted progressives keep pushing the country forward toward a better future. So it’s interesting to read John Judis’s defense of the NLRB’s complaint against Boeing for moving production from a unionized plant in Washington to a non-union shop in South Carolina. Judis writes in TNR (emphasis added):
The Boeing case, then, isn’t just about corporate prerogatives. It’s also about the future of American politics. With Solomon’s complaint, the NLRB has taken a small but definite step toward restoring an earlier America—one where politics wasn’t dominated by the Chamber of Commerce or demagogues like Jim DeMint, and workers had rights that mattered.
Phil and Claude may have more to say about the merits of the NLRB complaint, but it’s fascinating to see progressives pining for a return to the good ol’ days.