This is a column by Kyle Wingfield, president and CEO of the Libertarian-leaning Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
As we check off another Labor Day, it’s fair to ask if it really is just another Labor Day.
The holiday honoring workers stems from the Industrial Revolution, when working conditions in America’s burgeoning assortment of factories, mills and mines came to be intolerable for those who toiled there. America’s elites, it seemed, valued the work more than the workers.
Nowadays, it appears to be the other way around.
The inherent value of work seems to be in doubt for many of our nation’s elites. The dignity of having a job, the pride of using one’s skills to earn a livelihood, the satisfaction of enjoying the fruit of one’s labors – all these are threatened by policies enacted in the name of compassion.