Former public-sector Union boss Andy Stern complains of "a 15-state Republican campaign to strip workers of their rights."
Interesting language. The rights in question are not natural rights. The right of workers in general, and of workers in our government to form unions, and to negotiate collectively is not something men deserve because they are men. It is a right in the very old fashioned sense. It is a right that the government of Wisconsin granted to many government employees many years ago. Hence, taking that right away is only in a limited sense an assault on rights. It t not a fundamental rights or a human right.
I suspect that many on the Left don't see it that way. My understanding of their position is that rights are not from nature. On the contrary, rights are created in History. Hence once a right is acquired, it is to be understood as a permanent acquisition, for History is a tale of progress. To deny that, is to deny Truth, as the Left sees it. Hence the charge, by Jonathan Chait and others of "Republican Nihilism." To disbelive in History is, from the Left's perspective, nihilism.
The joker here is that History is having the last laugh. The Left's idea of what is possible in the world of human events is crumbling before out eyes. As a rule, they prefer to shoot the messenger. As Horace famously said, "you can drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she always returns."