Reducing Incarceration Is a More Important Liberal Goal Than Protecting Prison Jobs

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Reducing the number of people in prison and then closing those prisons is a critically important progressive goal, but as I’ve pointed out before, fewer prisons will require fewer corrections officers. Unions don’t like it, but they’re clearly wrong on this one.

This is today’s reminder that there’s more to liberalism than “whatever labor wants.” Organized labor is absolutely critical to a competitive Democratic Party, but they’re not always right about everything and sometimes what they want runs counter to other left goals.

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2 Responses to Reducing Incarceration Is a More Important Liberal Goal Than Protecting Prison Jobs

  1. Steelblitz1 says:

    This is a fair observation I’ve always chargrined about as a more moderate democrat under my breath. I’ve always thought that situations like these are a good reason why labor should not get too entrenched w/ one ethos or another. It has its own interests, and rightfully so.

    • Jon says:

      Absolutely. Labor has an interest in preserving all existing jobs. And that’s fine, we need a voice representing that position in our political debates. But it’s important for liberals to understand that it’s not always the right position, and sometimes losing some jobs in one sector is necessary for gains in another sector, or general gains in income, or consumer choice, or environmental protection, etc. Intra-Democratic Party politics is a balancing act between competing priorities.