In defence of selfish truck drivers

Selfish this, selfish that. Chaos, disruption, what about me? Send in the army. That was roughly the theme of tanker-strike coverage this morning.

It seems to me that the right is all too ready to point towards the common good just because the person being selfish is a Unionist.

The proper response is to defend the rights of unionised workers to withdraw their labour, and for the employers to dismiss them on whatever notice period is given in the contract, let Pilgrims go unpaid, penalise, and discriminate against troublesome unionists, if that is the selfish decision they make in their interests.

Whether you believe in the moral code of rational self-interest, or the political axiom of self-ownership the problem is the same:

Truck drivers are not the means to your end, they are ends in themselves. If they choose to fight for thier own interests rather than yours, then let them. Do not try to deny their right to do so, instead defend your own right to make decisions freely and to give them the respect you feel they have earned.

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+ 


  2 comments for “In defence of selfish truck drivers

  1. Mar 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Agreed entirely, Simon

  2. Paul Marks
    Mar 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Agreed – on all points Sir.

    If they want to not work – fine.

    If people want to hire other drivers to replace them (or drive themselves) – also fine.

    Governement intervention (the army being sent in and so on) – not fine.

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