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Americans cannot trust each other to do the right thing, and for a good reason. If factory owners maintained safe working conditions with competitive pay, then explain the purpose of labor unions. As political philosopher Thomas Hobbes writes in Leviathan, “And because the condition of man… is a condition of [war] of every one against every one, in which case every one is governed by his own reason, and there is nothing he can make use of that may not help unto him in preserving his life against his enemies” (Hobbes 1651,106). Indeed, American Capitalism thrives on a…

Alicia Basilica

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