Re: “Government shouldn’t so easily erase individual rights” (George Will column, 9-8).
This opinion piece clearly demonstrates Will’s ability to take a position and then write an argument to support that position regardless of the facts.
Will strongly argues that government has overstepped in regulating employment. He makes it sound like big, bad, burdensome government is picking on poor individual employers by limiting working to 10 hours per day (in the case discussed). He waxes poetic: “The individual possesses inalienable rights – here, liberty of contract – that cannot be legislated away for casual or disreputable reasons.”
So in this case, Will is all in favor of contracts with no limits on what those contracts may contain. He thinks there actually is a contract for most employment situations when in fact it is a case of accepting the possibly ever-changing requirements of an employer.
Also note that the employee who is most likely to have a contract in a corporation is the CEO. Now let’s look at an actual contract situation for regular employees – that of union contracts. The union contract is an excellent example of a group of individuals asserting a right to establish a contract.
Will should be a vigorous advocate for unions. Instead, he has written numerous opinion pieces on unions where he has accused unions of all sorts of nefarious conduct. He has exposed himself to be a shill for rich and powerful interests and devoid of analytical thinking.