Yeah, okay, you might have already heard that I’m pro-union. But as James pointed out this morning, Canadian unionization is on the decline. That’s not a bad thing because I’m pro-union; it’s a bad thing because, without the advantages that unionization confers and the ways it gives power to the people who are the true engines of production and of the economy, we’d all be working 60-hour weeks under the thumb of Dickensian villain-bosses.

If you need a reminder of why union membership is important, here is ex-union member and union supporter and incredible songwriter and all-around great guy John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, with an old standard he recorded in support of the Wisconsin General Strike last spring.

Its sentiment is worth revisiting.