The public employee unions in Wisconsin are on the march. It is a march which reveals the true nature of these special interest labor cartels, organizations who collectively funnel more money into political campaigns than any private organization by a mile. It’s a grotesque display of insensitivity, ignorance and unabashed greed. It is a march by people whose only interest is maintaining compensation which already exceeds the average pay of the private community who fund them (via forced taxation). It is a march which demonstrates that selfishness and entitlement are concern number one, not the students who attend their (vacant) classrooms. It is a march which pits the special interests of a privileged few against democracy itself, as fully-bought-and-paid-for union cronies in the Wisconsin Senate flee the state rather than allow the legislative process by elected majority to take place.
In practice, the claims of ethical universalism came to be strongly limited in Christian teaching and then in European natural law by the injunction that a rich man had a merely voluntary charitable obligation to strangers in need. In more general terms, a descending order of moral impingement came into place: the claims of kith and kin first, then neighbors, co-religionists, co-citizens, and only at the very end, the indeterminate stranger. To this day, the claim of the stranger--the victim on the TV screen--is the furthest planet in the solar system of our moral obligations.
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