One of the curiosities in my library is Barry Goldwater’s book The Conscience of a Conservative, which launched his presidential campaign and was an important political text in the 1960s. In a discussion of the evils created by labor union donations to politicians when not all union members agreed, Senator Goldwater said the following:
In order to achieve the widest possible distribution of political power, financial contributions to political campaigns should be made by individuals and individuals alone. I see no reason for labor unions–or corporations–to participate in politics. Both were created for economic purposes and their activities should be restricted accordingly.