THE NATION: Time for Responsibilities

The clash and clangor of the 1959 session's biggest debate sounded in Congress last week as the Senate hammered out a labor-reform bill. That debate (see The Congress), despite its compromised outcome, marked a milestone in the U.S.'s social-economic history.

Before and during the Depression, U.S. labor battled bravely and sometimes bloodily to win its rights and correct imbalances. But the victory was so complete that the rights were soon woven into everyday U.S. economic life. Meanwhile, the laws drawn to protect underdog labor came to serve, in big segments of the labor movement as protection for power-hungry and corrupt...

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