Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prive... Prilev... Priv...

I'm one of those middle-aged, middle-class, straight, white, men who objects to the term "White Privilege".
One reason is because I can't spell the word "privilege" worth a damn.
The other is because the bulk of the things we talk about when we're talking about the "privileges" are not privileges, they're rights. But elevating the fact that I'm very unlikely to be shot by cops when I'm walking down the street to a "privilege" I think we end up denying the fact that a right denied does not create a privilege.
Which, to me, sets us back a whole step.
John Scalzi has, once again, put better thinking into something. He suggests that being a straight white male is like playing a video game at the lowest difficulty setting.
To which I say "exactly". That doesn't mean the game isn't difficult. It doesn't mean that other people, on higher settings, can't play. But there are lots of things much easier to play because of being an American white guy.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Elective Influence

You know, even as a former union organizer, I've been opposed to the Employee Free Choice Act because it allows a union to bully workers into signing cards and not a secret ballot in order to make the union their bargaining agent.

Because the way I see it, why not just make elections happen faster?

Well, presumably they are now. Faster. Which means that the entire system is more fair. I mean, that seems to be the case on the face of it.

I'm a big fan of the secret ballot. It works both ways -- the employer can't force you to vote one way or the other and the union can't either. In fact, in some cases there's more than one union trying to organize a workplace.