Warning: This is a whine about whining.
Whiners like to gripe about faux injustices. A faux injustice often occurs when the whiner believes that he — or someone with whom he’s in sympathy — deserves something that others aren’t obliged to give.
Here’s an example:
- Enterprising men like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford established businesses that prospered.
- They hired people who were (obviously) willing to forgo other opportunities (or none) to work for the wages that were on offer.
- Professional whiners — labor-union organizers and political “activists” (a.k.a. busybodies) — declared that it was only just to raise workers’ wages above what they had been willing to accept.
- Government got in the act on the side of unions and decreed that employers must recognize and bargain with unions.
- That which was sought (and applauded by many) — higher wages for unionized workers — was paid for by that which was not publicized — less employment for workers and higher prices for those who bought the products of unionized businesses. And because unionization was pervasive in certain lines of business (e.g., steel and auto-making), there was insufficient (or no competition) to force prices down.
Whiners are more than a pain in the butt. Often, they’re also a pain in the pocketbook.